REISTERSTOWN, MD.-- The Maryland Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced they will hold a Public Assistance Applicant Briefing for private nonprofit organizations (PNPs) affected by the December 18-20, 2009, severe winter storm and snowstorm. The State of Maryland became a presidentially declared disaster area on February 19, 2010.
Maryland Emergency Management Agency Director Richard Muth said, "We are continuing to encourage nonprofits to submit their applications for Public Assistance so they can recover from the storm damage as quickly as possible."
If a private nonprofit organization is located in one of the counties designated under the disaster declaration, and they incurred losses due to the storm, they should attend the Applicant Briefing. At that time, eligibility requirements will be outlined and the PNP may submit an application for disaster assistance. The designated counties are Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Queen Anne's, Talbot and the Independent City of Baltimore.
The private nonprofit organization Applicant Briefing information follows:
Location: Baltimore Hilton Hotel
401 West Pratt Street Baltimore, MD 21201
(Free parking available on LOT H at M&T Bank Stadium)
Date: Thursday, April 29, 2010
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Federal Coordinating Officer Regis Leo Phelan said, "We are committed to assisting the State in getting private nonprofit organizations all the information they need to understand what FEMA offers. Nonprofit organizations may be eligible for Federal reimbursement for snow damage on a cost-sharing basis, or for a U.S. Small Business Administration loan at a very low-interest rate, or for a combination of Federal dollars and a SBA loan. "
The eligibility of a PNP organization is reviewed once a Request for Public Assistance and a PNP questionnaire are submitted. Help in completing the forms will be available at the Applicant Briefings.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.