DENTON, Texas -- Certain private nonprofit (PNP) organizations that experienced damages from severe storms and flooding earlier this summer in five New Mexico counties may be eligible for state and federal assistance, according to officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM).
PNPs located in the New Mexico counties of Cibola, McKinley, Mora, San Juan, and Socorro may apply through New Mexico State Public Assistance Officer Bill Ewing for disaster aid no later than Wednesday, Oct. 13 for damages incurred from July 25 - Aug. 9, 2010. Ewing's contact number is (505) 476-9615.
PNPs may include educational facilities, utilities, irrigation, emergency, medical facilities, custodial care, facilities that provide essential government services, museums, zoos, community centers, libraries, homeless shelters, senior citizen centers, shelter workshops, low-income housing, alcohol and drug treatment centers, facilities offering programs for battered spouses, animal control facilities, facilities offering food programs for the needy, and daycare centers for children, or individuals with special needs.
President Obama signed a major disaster declaration on Sept. 13 and designated the five counties for public assistance funding. Although funds go to government entities and nonprofits, the PA program is intended to benefit everyone - neighborhoods, cities and states. PA dollars help clean up communities overwhelmed by disaster-related debris, repair the roads and bridges people use every day getting to work and school, put utilities and water systems back in order, repair hospitals and emergency services, and rebuild schools and universities.
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.