Thank you for your interest and concern about the Colorado flooding.
• Our community, friends and neighbors are greatly affected with over 19,000 homes damaged or destroyed and over 1000 people still unaccounted for.
Thankfully, our offices have not been affected by this history-making event.
Disaster Assistance from FEMA
It seemed like a good time to talk about how Federal assistance provides for disasters relief through agencies like the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and some tips for disaster grants.
• FEMA’s Public Assistance Grant programs help state, local, tribal and non-profit organizations respond quickly to community needs and help bring assistance to disaster victims.
• This program also offers Federal disaster assistance to help with clean up, repair and replacement of publicly owned facilities and some types of non-profit organization buildings.
• These funds can be used to put protective measures in place to mitigate future damage.
Who Is Eligible for These Types of Grants?
If you are one of these types of organizations you may be eligible to receive FEMA Public Assistance Grants:
• State, local, tribal and special district governments
• Private Non-profit organizations such as educational institutions, utilities, medical facilities and other essential public facilities like museums.
How Do These Monies Become Available?
It starts with the State Governor making a request for disaster assistance to the President of the United States.
• In the case of Colorado, this has happened and President Obama has declared parts of Colorado a disaster area.
FEMA assesses the areas affected and will announce the types of grants and other assistance available.
The Federal share in these programs is at least 75% of the costs.
Who Can We Contact?
In most cases, FEMA funds are coordinated with State governments.
• Make sure that you contact both Federal and State teams and make them aware of needs and damage.
• List the emergency needs first to see if you can qualify for expedited funding.
How Do We Find Out More?
You can find out more at:
Helping Disaster Victims
If you are interested in helping organizations assisting flood victims, please check out:
The Salvation Army
To give, visit imsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate “Colorado Floods.” You may also text GIVEHOPEIM to 80888 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army.* Donations by mail may be designated “Colorado Floods”and sent to:
The Salvation Army
P.O. Box 60006
Prescott, AZ 86304
The Red Cross
To help people affected by disasters like these floods, people can donate by visiting redcross.org,
calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a
$10 donation. Contributions may also be made by visiting ColoradoRedCross.org.
Lucy Morgan CPA, MBA
CEO, Compliance Warrior and Coloradan