FEMA disaster reimbursement meeting is Tuesday
WORTHINGTON -- An applicant briefing for cities, townships, watershed districts, hospitals, power companies and qualifying nonprofit organizations will take place Tuesday to begin the process for requesting reimbursement funds from FEMA.
The meeting will include all the entities that turned in preliminary damage assessments to request the presidential declaration, as well as more that might now be identified as eligible.
"This is the beginning point for making a formal application for reimbursement," said Joyce Jacobs, Nobles County Emergency Management Director.
Jacobs said she has already contacted agencies and organizations that might benefit from the meeting. She is also in the process of contacting non-profit groups that might also qualify.
For non-profit groups that are unsure if they will qualify for FEMA funds, Jacobs said she has a document available at her office that may help them determine eligibility.
"I have a couple of documents that non-profits can read through -- a checklist of sorts -- to see if they may possibly be eligible for FEMA reimbursement," she said. "Basically, it's a checklist to give them an indication if they should come to the meeting. If it appears that they may qualify as an applicant, FEMA will work with them to make the final determination."
Jacobs also noted that not all damage expenses incurred by local government agencies and non-profits during the storm will qualify for FEMA reimbursement.
FEMA representatives, along with two officials from the Minnesota Department of Homeland Security Emergency Management, will be at the meeting to answer questions.
Ultimately, all reimbursement and qualification questions will be answered by FEMA representatives.
"I'll be the first to say that I'll pass all eligibility questions on to FEMA," Jacobs said.
Jacobs stressed that private homeowners and businesses will need to work with their insurance companies, as the FEMA funds that have been designated for this disaster are for public entities.
For more information, contact Jacobs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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