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Your district is probably taking a financial hit due to the virus. Did you know that some of the costs you incur might be eligible for reimbursement from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)? Our firm put out an email blast to our clients about this a couple of weeks ago, but if you missed it, here are the highlights.
- While it’s too early to seek reimbursement, it’s exactly the right time to prepare for it. Get your ducks in order now. Start out by appointing a point person. There were some reports that the deadline to apply for help was coming up soon, but that is incorrect. The deadline is 30 days AFTER the declaration of disaster is OVER. So there is no deadline yet.
- Get acquainted with the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), the state agency that works with FEMA.
- Figure out a way to track costs that might be reimbursable. This could include equipment, materials, staff pay. TASBO would be a good resource to help you with this.
- Walsh Gallegos would be another good resource. We have experience helping districts in the Gulf Coast with this after Hurricane Harvey, and are ready to help you through this process as well. So reach out to one of our attorneys if you need help.
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