CHEROKEE, N.C. – Financial assistance under the first presidential disaster declaration issued to a tribal nation has topped $2.4 million, FEMA officials say. FEMA is funding repair and recovery projects for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians following severe weather that caused flooding and landslides in January. “This is the first time the federal government has worked one-on-one in partnership with a tribal government following a disaster,” said Michael Bolch, the FEMA official in charge of federal operations in the recovery. “It is a truly historic operation.”
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, FEMA and several other State, Tribal and Federal agencies are working together to recover from flooding that struck Tribal lands in mid-January.Federal disaster aid to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is supplementing their recovery efforts. The request directly from a Tribe to FEMA for a disaster declaration was a first, as was the resulting declaration directly to a Tribe; Congress made this possible with a January 2013 change to the Stafford Act.
On March 14th, FEMA Region IV staff offered a briefing, Emergency Response Contracting Opportunities, to mostly Tribal vendors. With follow-up training on March 15th, attendees received valuable knowledge on the process of obtaining Federal contracts in support of federal disaster declarations.
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Public Assistance - Dollars ApprovedPublic Assistance Definitions
Public Assistance (PA): Disaster grant assistance available for communities to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President
Emergency Work (Categories A-B): Work that must be performed to reduce or eliminate an immediate threat to life, protect public health and safety, and to protect improved property that is significantly threatened due to disasters or emergencies declared by the President
Permanent Work (Categories C-G): Work that is required to restore a damaged facility, through repair or restoration, to its pre-disaster design, function, and capacity in accordance with applicable codes and standards
*Dollars Approved: Assistance dollars approved but not necessarily disbursed.
*Dollars Obligated: Funds made available to the State via electronic transfer following FEMA's final review and approval of Public Assistance projects.
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Preliminary Damage Assessment Report
PDA Report; FEMA-4103-DR