Pasadena, CA.-- In the wake of the severe winter storms, flooding, debris and mud flows that occurred between December 17, 2010 and January 4, 2011, 207 government agencies, special districts and private non-profit organizations from the 12 counties included in President Obama's January 26, 2011, major disaster declaration and March 3, 2011 amended declaration have submitted Requests for Public Assistance (RPA), officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) reported today.
The total RPAs include applications from agencies in the following counties:
- San Bernardino - 43 application
- Riverside - 39 applications
- Orange - 38 applications
- San Diego - 25 applications
- Kern - 18 applications
- Tulare - 10 applications
- San Luis Obispo - 9 applications
- Santa Barbara - 5 applications
- Inyo - 2 applications
- Kings - 1 applications
In additions there were 14 RPAs from state agencies and three from agencies that serve more than one of the declared counties.
In addition, FEMA received Requests for Public Assistance (RPAs) from the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians; the Cahuilla Band of Indians; the Campo Kumeyaay Nation; the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians; the Pala Band of Mission Indians; the Ramona Band of Cahuilla Indians; the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; the San Pasqual Band of Indians; and the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians.
Under current law, local government agencies and special districts that submitted their RPAs prior to or on the February 24, 2011, application deadline could be eligible for 93.75 percent in reimbursements from (FEMA) and (Cal EMA) for eligible emergency response, debris removal and repair costs. State agencies, tribal nations and private non-profits that provide essential services could be eligible for 75 percent reimbursements from FEMA for their eligible costs.
"Cal EMA and FEMA are committed to ensuring that eligible organizations receive the maximum amount of federal and state disaster assistance they are eligible for under the law, however, it is incumbent upon the agency to submit an RPA to be considered for this assistance" said Federal Coordinating Officer Sandy Coachman of FEMA and State Coordinating Officer Mike Dayton of Cal EMA in a joint statement.
Based on joint preliminary damage estimates conducted by FEMA and Cal EMA following the storms, disaster officials estimate that federal and state reimbursements could save local government agencies, special districts and other eligible entities $70 million.
For those eligible organizations that submitted an RPA by the regulatory deadline, representatives from FEMA and Cal EMA will schedule and conduct a kickoff meeting with each to discuss details about individual project eligibility and to develop a plan to repair damaged facilities owned by the applicant.
Following the kickoff meeting, federal and state recovery personnel conduct site visits with local representatives to document disaster related damages, develop scopes of work to bring damaged facilities back to pre-disaster design, function and capacity in accordance with applicable codes and standards, and estimate the cost of repair and restoration that is used as a basis for funding.
So far, federal and state recovery specialists have conducted 60 kickoff meetings.
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 als...