WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Public Assistance (PA) Applicant Briefings will be held for local governments and certain private non-profits affected by the December and February severe winter storms and snowstorms.
The District's Director of HSEMA Millicent Williams said, "We will have disaster assistance experts from HSEMA and from the Federal government working directly with the applicants on their Requests for Public Assistance (RPAs). This will help expedite the funding process."
After the Mayor requested the disaster declarations and they were signed by the President, funding became available to the District and certain private non-profit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storms and snowstorms. The declarations also cover emergency protective measures, including snow assistance.
Federal Coordinating Officer Regis Leo Phelan said, "The Applicant Briefings will help clarify FEMA’s new snow policy and federal procurement standards, and will address insurance issues. It will also give applicants a chance to get answers to any questions they have regarding the RPAs."
Public Assistance applicants are invited to attend an Applicant Briefing. The details are as follows:
Date: Thursday April 15, 2010
Time: 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency
Unified Communications Center (UCC)
First Floor, Media Room
2720 Martin Luther King, Jr. SE
Washington, DC 20032
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