WICHITA, Kan. -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that it is expanding assistance to two more Kansas counties affected by the severe storms and flooding of June 26-July 25.
Edwards and Pawnee counties join 21 Kansas counties already authorized to receive FEMA Public Assistance (PA) grants as a result of the July 2 major disaster declaration and its subsequent amendments.
PA grants reimburse state and local governments and some private non-profit organizations for eligible costs including emergency protective measures, debris removal, and repair or replacement of damaged public facilities and infrastructure. Counties already approved for Public Assistance for the June/July storms are Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Butler, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Coffey, Cowley, Crawford, Elk, Franklin, Greenwood, Harper, Labette, Linn, Miami, Montgomery, Neosho, Osage, Wilson and Woodson.
Edwards and Pawnee Counties had previously been approved for FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) programs, which provide grants to individuals and businesses to cover disaster-related serious needs and necessary expenses not covered by insurance. IA can take the form of rental assistance; repair and replacement assistance for homeowners; and, through the Other Needs Assistance portion of the IA program, personal property, transportation, medical, dental, and funeral expenses.
Residents of the 23 counties authorized for IA have only two more weeks to register for assistance. The IA registration deadline is Tuesday, September 4, 2007.
Counties authorized for IA are Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Butler, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Coffey, Cowley, Crawford, Edwards, Elk, Franklin, Greenwood, Harper, Labette, Linn, Miami, Montgomery, Neosho, Osage, Pawnee, Wilson, and Woodson.
The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and other mitigation assistance are also authorized to the counties approved under the President's major disaster declaration of July 2. HMGP provides grants to states, local government, and Native American tribes to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.