PASADENA, Calif. -- Certain private non-profit organizations (PNPs) suffering facility damage from severe winter storms, flooding, and debris and mud flows from December 17, 2010 through January 4, 2011 may be eligible for reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
In addition, under pending California Disaster Assistance Act emergency regulations, PNPs may also be eligible to apply to the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) for state reimbursement of costs related to providing food, water, shelter and other essential community services at the request of the state or a local agency.
In order to be eligible for federal and state reimbursements, all PNPs must file their applications with FEMA and Cal EMA through Cal EMA by February 24, 2011. PNPs that do not provide a critical service at the damaged facility must also apply to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) by April 4, 2011 for a low-interest loan to help cover the repair of damaged permanent facilities. If a PNP's loan is denied or does not cover all of its eligible damages, the PNP may be eligible for FEMA funding.
Additional information and applications for funding from FEMA and Cal EMA can be obtained by contacting Cal EMA at 626-431-3257.
Federal regulations separate private non-profit organizations into two categories: critical facilities (power, water, sewer and wastewater, education and fire protection/emergency services), and noncritical facilities (low income housing, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation facilities, etc.).
On January 26, 2011, President Obama signed a Major Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance due to the severe winter storms, flooding, debris and mud flows for Inyo, Kern, Kings, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Tulare counties.
The declaration makes federal funding available to certain private non-profit organizations on a cost-sharing basis to help pay for debris removal, emergency protective measures and repairs to facilities damaged during the December 17, 2010-January 4, 2011 winter storms.
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.
The California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) coordinates overall state agency preparedness for, response to and recovery from major disasters. Cal EMA also maintains the State Emergency Plan, which outlines the organizational structure for state management of the response to natural and manmade disasters.