Determining Eligibility: Methods for presenting disaster-related costs to FEMA to obtain eligibility

Determining Eligibility

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Methods for presenting disaster-related costs to FEMA to obtain eligibility

By Jeff Shaw

EDITOR’S NOTE

This issue of Disaster Recovery Today focuses on funding options and availability of funds to make repairs to damaged facilities. This step is the fifth in a nine-step process identified by Adjusters International to respond to a declared disaster.

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—Sheila E. Salvatore, Editor

In the third issue of Disaster Recovery Today, 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.

Applicant Eligibility
Before determining the costs that are reimbursable from FEMA, it is necessary to first determine whether your organization is eligible for Public Assistance.