FEMA Grants Must Be Spent for Basic Disaster-Related Needs

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September 27, 2011
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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Survivors of the recent Pennsylvania storms and flooding are reminded that recovery assistance money they receive from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is intended to meet basic disaster-related needs.

Within a day or two of receiving either a direct deposit payment or a check, they will also receive a letter explaining the purpose of the grant. Recipients should read and follow the instructions in the letter and retain it with their flood recovery records.

It is important to keep receipts of merchandise and services purchased with the money for three years in the event of an audit. Misuse of the grant could mean the recipient would have to pay the money back and also might be denied grant assistance if a future disaster occurs.

Housing Assistance grants must be used only for basic housing repairs, short-term rental housing, or reimbursement of lodging costs incurred as a result of the disaster.

Other Needs Assistance grants should be used to help replace essential personal property and meet medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state or charitable-aid programs.

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.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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