Assistance Deadline Extended

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The deadline for requesting Public Assistance from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency has been extended to Jan. 29, 2006.

This allows cities, counties, utilities, schools, hospitals, other government agencies and private non-profit organizations that provide important services to the community, the opportunity to apply for Public Assistance reimbursement grants.

Government agencies, special districts and private non-profits can apply for disaster assistance online at Applicants may obtain information about the payment status of a project worksheet on the Web site as well.

The Public Assistance program awards federal disaster grants to eligible municipalities, government agencies and qualified private non-profits for the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged publicly owned facilities and the facilities of certain private non-profit organizations.

The program provides assistance for debris removal, implementation of emergency protective measures and permanent restoration of infrastructure.

The Jan. 29 deadline for submitting requests for Public Assistance does not affect President Bush’s previous extension of 100 percent reimbursement of costs for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including those involving direct federal assistance, through March 15, 2006.

Federal funding for debris removal and emergency protective measures reimbursed through the Public Assistance program will be authorized at 90 percent of total eligible costs beginning March 16.

Federal funding for all other eligible Public Assistance projects remains at 90 percent. State and local governments share the remaining costs.

For more information about FEMA assistance, visit