LAREDO, Texas -- Deadlines are quickly approaching for South Texas state and local agencies and certain private nonprofits that may be eligible for federal disaster assistance to submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) form to the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM).
Public Assistance (PA) funds are available in 19 Texas counties as part of the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Alex and the flooding that followed. The main goal of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and state PA program is to provide reimbursement for eligible, disaster-related expenses and restoration of eligible facilities to pre-disaster levels.
Thursday, Sept. 2 is the deadline to submit an RPA for Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Maverick, Starr, Webb, Willacy and Zapata counties. These areas were designated eligible for PA on Aug. 3.
Monday, Sept. 13 is the deadline for state agencies, local governments and certain private nonprofits in Cottle, Floyd, Foard, Garza, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Motley and Terry counties to submit RPAs to the state. These counties were designated eligible for federal PA funds on Aug. 13.
Friday, Sept. 17 is the deadline for state agencies, local governments and certain private nonprofits in Dawson County to submit RPAs to the state. Dawson County was designated eligible for federal PA funds on Aug. 17.
TDEM and FEMA have received nearly 100 RPAs from state and local governments and private nonprofits that provide critical community services.
To apply for PA funds, eligible agencies and organizations must first submit an RPA to TDEM. More information can be obtained by calling TDEM at 956-718-0497.
The PA program is administered in Texas by TDEM and funded up to 75 percent by FEMA. The program reimburses local and county governments and certain private nonprofits for expenses or damage incurred during the disaster and may cover costs for emergency protective measures, debris removal and public facility repair or replacement costs including buildings, equipment, utilities and other facilities.
Applicants must submit Requests for RPA to the state within 30 days of the date the area was designated part of the federal major disaster declaration.
For more information on the Hurricane Alex disaster recovery, browse the features on this FEMA Web site at www.fema.gov/hazard/hurricane/2010/alex/index.shtm. Users of smart phones and other mobile devices can visit m.fema.gov. Texans should also visit www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem for more information on this disaster and preparation for future disasters.
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.