New Orleans, LA, February 12, 2017 – FEMA employees are briefed at a staging area in preparation of door to door canvasing in the New Orleans East area, where an EF3 Tornado struck February 7. The first day after a federal disaster declaration was approved by President Trump, FEMA employees began to distribute flyers to households and individuals in the area, providing disaster assistance registration information for those who were affected by the storm. Photo by Sharon K Karr/FEMA

FEMA Releases Donated Resources Policy for Public Assistance

After a disaster, volunteers and donations play a critical role in a community’s recovery. After Hurricane Harvey in August 2017, volunteers went above and beyond to help those affected by the hurricane. In order to ensure those types of contributions are valued, FEMA amended its policy to allow Public Assistance program applicants to apply the value of donated resources used for eligible permanent work towards their non-federal cost share.

Projects approved under the Public Assistance program are subject to cost sharing. This non-federal cost share is typically 25 percent of the total project cost. Examples of eligible donated resources include donating equipment to raise or reinforce a levee or voluntary filling and placing of sandbags before a flood.

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