This issue of Disaster Recovery Today focuses on the methods for presenting disaster-related costs to FEMA to obtain a favorable decision on eligibility. This step is the fourth in a nine-step process identified by Tidal Basin to respond to a declared disaster.
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In Disaster Recovery Today issue #4002, we discussed the categorization of disaster-related damages and costs in a manner sufficient to satisfy not only FEMA, but also insurance carriers and other federal agencies (OFAs). Once damages have been properly categorized, they must also be deemed eligible by FEMA before financial assistance can be obtained. This issue focuses on the methods for presenting disaster-related costs to FEMA to obtain a favorable decision on eligibility.
Before determining the costs that are reimbursable from FEMA, it is necessary to first determine whether your organization is eligible for Public Assistance. Eligible Subrecipients are: