Determining Eligibility: Methods for Presenting Disaster-Related Costs to FEMA to Obtain Eligibility

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When applying this test, it is imperative that Subrecipients control the inspection process and ensure that only those qualified to answer questions about pre- existing conditions interact with FEMA.

TEST #3

Located Within the Designated Disaster Area

Following the declaration of a major disaster, FEMA will designate the counties in a state that are eligible for assistance and the various levels of assistance that will be available. A damaged facility or the work performed must be in a designated county to be eligible for Public Assistance.

If the damaged facility is located within a declared county but the entity having the legal responsibility for the facility is from a non-declared area, the damaged facility will still be eligible. If an entity from within the declared area has a damaged facility located outside the declared area, that facility will not be eligible even if damaged by the same event.

Depending on the damage and response activities, some counties may be declared for emergency work only (Categories A and B), while others may receive assistance for emergency and permanent work (Categories A through G).

There are a few exceptions to the requirements related to being located within the designated disaster area. If the work is related to sheltering or evacuation activities, these functions can...

“… it is imperative that Subrecipients control the inspection process and ensure that only those qualified to answer questions about pre-existing conditions interact with FEMA.”


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