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Local officials briefed on FEMA's Public Assistance applications

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Brenda Gerlach, region planner/area coordinator for the State Emergency Management Agency, goes over Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance Grant Programs forms with area officials during an applicant briefing Tuesday in Charleston. The briefing was one of six held around the state Tuesday.
(Photo by Scott Welton, Staff)

CHARLESTON -- Whether FEMA will be able to reimburse for damage caused by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' intentional breaches in the frontline levee or not is not yet clear.

Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and State Emergency Management Agency recommended local officials begin filling out FEMA paperwork, beginning with the Request for Public Assistance form, during an applicant briefing for FEMA's Public Assistance Grant Program held Tuesday at the Clara Drinkwater Newnam Library in Charleston.

The meeting was attended by officials from Scott, New Madrid and Mississippi counties, the city of Charleston and area drainage and levee districts, among others.

Following the event, preliminary damage assessment is made to determine if there is enough damage for a disaster declaration. If there is, a declaration must then be signed by the president of the United States.

With the applicant briefing completed Tuesday, the next step will be for eligible applicants to submit their RPA.

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