What does a disaster declaration mean?

Franklin County commissioners voted to enact a disaster declaration and the City of Mount Vernon issued a disaster proclamation, but what does that really mean?

For both entities, the declaration is a means to get apply for reimbursement from Federal and State governments for any funds expended directly related to the COVID-19 event. For more information on this topic, see the March 26 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.