WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The District of Columbia’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today there are only a few days left to submit Requests for Public Assistance (RPAs) for damage resulting from the February 5-11, 2010 severe winter storms and snowstorms. The deadline is May 26, 2010.
The District became a presidentially declared disaster area on March 24, 2010. The RPA deadline is normally 30 days after the declaration. An additional 30 days was granted at HSEMA’s request.
The District’s Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Millicent Williams said, “It is important for District organizations, including private nonprofits (PNPs), to complete the RPA forms so they can find out if they are eligible for Federal assistance. There is still time to file.”
Local agencies, organizations and certain PNPs may be eligible, on a cost-sharing basis, for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storms and snowstorms, including snow assistance.
Federal Coordinating Officer Regis Leo Phelan said, “We consider emergency managers our customers. We join them in encouraging applications. FEMA and District of Columbia Public Assistance Coordinators will work directly with applicants to help them complete and submit the RPA forms.”
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.