Deadlines Near For State And Local Agencies To Request Federal Disaster Assistance

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May 21, 2009
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MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Time is almost up for state agencies, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations in some designated Minnesota counties to apply for federal funds to help offset eligible expenses related to recent flooding.

Applicants must submit Requests for Public Assistance (RPA) to the state within 30 days of the date the area was designated part of the federal major disaster declaration.

May 22 is the deadline to submit RPAs for Becker, Beltrami, Chippewa, Clearwater, Douglas, Hubbard, Lac Qui Parle, Lake of the Woods, Pope, Stevens, Swift, Yellow Medicine counties and the White Earth Tribal Nation. These areas were designated eligible for Public Assistance (PA) on April 22.

May 28 is the deadline for state agencies, local governments and certain private non-profit organizations in Cook County to submit RPAs to the State. Cook County was designated eligible for federal PA funds on April 28.

Deadlines have already passed for applicants in Clay, Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Traverse and Wilkin counties designated on April 9, and for Grant, Lake, Mahnomen, Otter Tail, Pennington, Red Lake, Roseau and Wadena counties designated on April 14.

To date, state agencies, local governments and private nonprofits have submitted 611 RPAs under seven categories of work: Debris removal, emergency protective measures, road and bridge systems, water control facilities, public buildings and equipment, public utilities and parks and recreation projects. FEMA will pay 75 percent of eligible costs of public assistance projects and the state will cover the remaining 25 percent.

For more information or questions on eligibility, contact your county emergency manager.

FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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