(Northland's NewsCenter) --- The deadline to file a Request for Public Assistance following the Northland 2012 Floods is Aug. 5.
President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for public assistance for 15 MN counties and three tribal nations on July 6.
Filing a RPA with the State is the first step in the process of applying for federal reimbursements under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance Grant Program.
RPAs must be filed within 30 days of a presidential disaster declaration.
Applicants may be reimbursed for expenses they incurred while taking emergency measures to protect lives and property such as debris removal, search and rescue operations and sandbagging.
Expenses for repairs to flood-damaged facilities such as roads, bridges, utilities and other public infrastructure may also be covered.
Although the program is oriented to public entities, private nonprofit organizations may apply directly to FEMA via the RPA for uninsured costs of debris removal and emergency protective measures.
Additionally, nonprofits may qualify for FEMA assistance to make infrastructure repairs if they provide critical services such as communications, power, water, emergency response or medical treatment.