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District Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency Conducts Overview of the Federal Disaster Public Assistance Program

Thursday, September 22, 2011
Applicant Briefings held to assist recovery of District Government Agencies and Nonprofit Organizations losses from Hurricane Irene.

(Washington, DC) - The Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) will be conducting two Public Assistance applicant briefings to help representatives from District Government agencies and private nonprofit organizations apply for federal disaster assistance to support recovery of losses incurred as a result of the Hurricane which took place on August 26, 2011.

The Public Assistance (PA) Program provides grants to state and local governments and certain non-profit entities (not households and individuals) to assist them with the response to and recovering from disasters.

Following a request by Mayor Vincent C. Gray for disaster assistance, a presidential disaster declaration was issued making federal funding available to eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations. The declaration covers funding for emergency work, the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities and equipment, infrastructure repair, including roads and bridges, debris removal, water control facilities, utilities, parks and recreation.

Representatives from affected District Government agencies and private nonprofit organizations are encouraged to attend; this is the initial step for requesting assistance from the Federal Government.

The Disaster Public Assistance (PA) Applicant Briefings will be held at HSEMA, located inside the Unified Communications Center at 2720 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20032, in the first floor media room. Officials will conduct two sessions, the first is scheduled Friday September 23, 2011 at 10:30 am – 12 pm and the second session will be held on Monday, September 26, 2011 from 2:30 pm – 4 pm. Parking is available onsite. Also, the facility is within walking distance of the Anacostia Metro station on the Green Line.

Contact Patrice White, Planning and Preparedness Chief, at [email protected] or (202) 481-3055 if you have any questions about this program or the Disaster Public Assistance (PA) program.