IOEM Receives Prestigious EMAP Accreditation

EMAP Accreditation Program Seal

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NEWS RELEASE
Idaho Office of Emergency Management
For immediate release November 3, 2017
Contact: Elizabeth Duncan
(208) 258-6595 eduncan@imd.idaho.gov

Idaho Receives Disaster Preparedness Distinction

Accreditation highlights State’s emergency management proficiency

 

BOISE –Idaho is the first state in the Northwest to receive the prestigious Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) distinction. EMAP is a voluntary standards, assessment and accreditation process for disaster preparedness and response programs throughout the country. It fosters excellence, uniformity and accountability in emergency management and homeland security programs. Idaho is the first state to receive the accreditation in FEMA Region 10, which also includes Alaska, Oregon and Washington.

“Congratulations to those programs that have maintained accredited status as well as those who have joined the elite leaders in emergency management having earned accreditation through the Emergency Management Accreditation Program. Through their commitment and leadership, they have proven to their communities and stakeholders that their programs are sustainable and that they continue to focus on their communities’ best interests,” said Robie Robinson, Executive Director of Public Safety, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and the EMAP Commission Chair.

The accreditation process evaluates emergency management programs on compliance with requirements in 16 areas, including planning, resource management, training and exercise, public information, and administration – the foundation of the nation’s emergency preparedness system.

“I am extremely proud of IOEM and all the work that went into achieving EMAP accreditation,” said Brad Richy with IOEM. “The process involved hundreds of hours of time and energy to thoroughly document all of IOEM’s policies and processes to substantiate the good work we do. IOEM also relies upon support and assistance from our State agency partners when responding to disasters, so this really is a statewide distinction of excellence and accountability.”

Compliance in more than 60 standards must be met to achieve EMAP accreditation. Emergency management agencies must demonstrate proficiency through a rigorous process including documentation, self-assessment, and peer assessment verification. The accreditation demonstrates to all stakeholders that the State’s emergency management programs are sustainable and in line with best practices nationwide.

“The quality work that our Emergency Management folks do was highlighted more than ever this year as Idahoans in almost every county endured record snowfall, flooding, landslides and avalanches. I commend the agency and its leadership for the distinction this accreditation brings,” Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter said.

EMAP accreditation is valid for five years.

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The Idaho Office of Emergency Management is a Division of the Idaho Military Division. The services we provide are to facilitate emergency management in Idaho, and to assist neighboring states. The men and women of this Division are dedicated to their mission of protecting the lives and property of the people of Idaho, as well as preserving the environmental and the economic health of Idaho.

 

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Idaho Receives 4th Presidential Disaster Declaration

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Idaho Office of Emergency Management
For immediate release October 10, 2017
Contact: Elizabeth Duncan
(208) 258-6595 eduncan@imd.idaho.gov

Presidential Disaster Declaration Signed For Ada and Canyon Counties

 

BOISE – President Donald J. Trump signed a Major Disaster Declaration October 7, 2017 for Ada and Canyon counties, triggering the release of federal funds to help communities recover from flooding that occurred March 29 through June 15, 2017. Federal funds will be used to repair public infrastructure. Funds also will be available for hazard mitigation grants to help communities reduce loss of life and property damage in the future.

“As the nation continues grappling with weather-related destruction from hurricanes, I am grateful that President Trump took action to support Idahoans whose lives and livelihoods were seriously affected by a relentless winter and spring,” Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter said.

“The State of Idaho now has four active Presidential Disaster Declarations covering just about every region of the state,” said Brad Richy, deputy chief of the Idaho Office of Emergency Management (IOEM). “That puts the severity of this year’s weather in perspective. We are grateful for the coordinated assistance FEMA has provided in making sure funds get to communities as quickly as possible.”

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The Idaho Office of Emergency Management is a Division of the Idaho Military Division. The services we provide are to facilitate emergency management in Idaho, and to assist neighboring states. The men and women of this Division are dedicated to their mission of protecting the lives and property of the people of Idaho, as well as preserving the environmental and the economic health of Idaho.

 

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October Earthquake Awareness

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Idaho Office of Emergency Management
For immediate release October 2, 2017
Contact: Elizabeth Duncan
(208) 258-6595 eduncan@imd.idaho.gov

Idahoans Encouraged to Participate in Great Idaho ShakeOut

Drop, Cover, Hold-On Exercise Reinforces Earthquake Preparedness

 

BOISE – Just last month parts of eastern Idaho were rattled by more than 140 small earthquakes. Idaho is the 6th most seismically active state in the country. That’s why the Great Idaho ShakeOut is the perfect opportunity to make sure you and your family, and your co-workers, know what to do when an earthquake happens. The Great Idaho ShakeOut is part of a worldwide earthquake drill on October 19th at 10:19 AM during which people will practice the steps of Drop, Cover, and Hold On. Individuals and organizations can register and learn more at https://www.shakeout.org/idaho/

More than 44,000 participants have signed up for the event, including schools, counties, churches, neighborhood groups, and individuals. The Great Idaho ShakeOut is not something you need to leave work to participate in – in fact, participating at work is encouraged! Businesses, organizations, schools, and government agencies can register and have their employees practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On or have a more extensive emergency drill. The exercise reinforces what to do when earthquakes happen, the key rule being to drop, take cover under a desk or similar protected area and hold on.

After the ground stops shaking, be sure you know how to turn off utilities like natural gas, electricity, and water. Throughout the year everyone should have emergency supplies of water, food, and necessary equipment so they can survive for at least three days without outside help following any major disaster. Remember to plan for your pets, children, and any special needs, including medical conditions. Earthquake preparedness is one important part of an overall goal of being prepared for any disaster.

  • Make sure your family’s 72+ hour Emergency Kit is always updated and ready to go
  • Consider what could happen if an earthquake shakes your area
  • Do a Hazard Hunt for items that might fall in your home, school or work environment
  • Teach all household members how to use a fire extinguisher
  • Plan for your family’s specific needs (seniors, disabled, children, pets)
  • If you are a business or organization, develop, review and exercise your emergency plan

 

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The Idaho Office of Emergency Management is a Division of the Idaho Military Division. The services we provide are to facilitate emergency management in Idaho, and to assist neighboring states. The men and women of this Division are dedicated to their mission of protecting the lives and property of the people of Idaho, as well as preserving the environmental and the economic health of Idaho.

 

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Hazard Mitigation Grants Available

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Idaho Office of Emergency Management
For immediate release September 5, 2017
Contact: Elizabeth Duncan
(208) 258-6595 eduncan@imd.idaho.gov

Idaho Communities Encouraged to Apply for FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants

BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho Office of Emergency Management (IOEM), in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will be offering grants for projects aimed at building stronger, safer communities.

As a result of an August 27 presidential disaster declaration resulting from flooding, landslides and mudslides in May and June, funds will be available to local governments and other jurisdictions through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).

As the program administrator, IOEM says projects in the disaster-designated counties – Blaine, Camas, Custer, Elmore and Gooding – will be considered first. If available funds from those counties are not committed, IOEM will extend grant opportunities to entities throughout the state. IOEM will evaluate applications and then work with FEMA to award grants on a cost-sharing basis. FEMA provides 75 percent of the total costs, while the remaining 25 percent is the nonfederal share. FEMA obligates its share of the funds directly to the state, which awards the money to successful applicants.

Some examples of HMGP projects include elevating roads, bridges and other structures; adopting and developing standards and enforcing building codes; upsizing culverts to prevent clogging; and using geosynthetic materials to repair road sections to prevent washouts and increase durability.

Counties and jurisdictions that have identified projects and adopted mitigation plans are encouraged to review and identify potential hazard mitigation sites in communities and apply for funds under the HMGP grant program.

Interested applicants must file a Letter of Intent with IOEM by October 11 to Mitigation2017@imd.idaho.gov if they are planning to request funds for HMGP projects. Applications are due to IOEM by Jan. 11, 2018.

IOEM will provide an overview of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program at Applicant Briefings scheduled for the week of September 11 in the five designated counties.
Information about FEMA’s program is available at www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program.

 

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The Idaho Office of Emergency Management is a Division of the Idaho Military Division. The services we provide are to facilitate emergency management in Idaho, and to assist neighboring states. The men and women of this Division are dedicated to their mission of protecting the lives and property of the people of Idaho, as well as preserving the environmental and the economic health of Idaho.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

 

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Idaho Granted 3rd Presidential Declaration

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Idaho Office of Emergency Management
For immediate release August 29, 2017
Contact: Elizabeth Duncan
(208) 258-6595 eduncan@imd.idaho.gov

Presidential Disaster Declaration Signed For Five Idaho Counties

Third major disaster declaration for Idaho in connection with this year’s especially severe weather

 

BOISE – President Donald J. Trump signed a Presidential Disaster Declaration August 27, 2017 for five Idaho counties that suffered unprecedented losses due to spring flooding. The declaration allows the federal government to help communities recover from flooding related destruction that occurred May 6 through June 16, 2017.
The declaration provides assistance under FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) program for eligible local and tribal governments and certain private nonprofits in Blaine, Camas, Custer, Elmore and Gooding counties. Elmore and Gooding counties now are designated for assistance under two disaster declarations.

“As our prayers and thoughts are with residents of Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey, we know all too well in Idaho that flooding can cause untold destruction and havoc,” Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter said. “I’m grateful for the President’s decision to provide support for these five counties and for the ongoing assistance being provided to counties that are part of Idaho’s first two disaster declarations.”

IOEM and FEMA are already working together closely to help reimburse applicants in 11 counties for their costs resulting from flooding that occurred in February. Those counties are Bingham, Cassia, Elmore, Franklin, Gooding, Jefferson, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Twin Falls and Washington. Additionally, IOEM and FEMA are working to help reimburse applicants in nine counties for their costs resulting from the severe weather in March. Those counties are Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Shoshone and Valley.
“This has been a challenging year for Idaho,” said Brad Richy of IOEM. “Thankfully IOEM and FEMA have already built a strong partnership and stand ready to provide swift assistance to all eligible applicants.”

Application procedures for the designated state and local governments will be explained at a series of state-led applicant briefings. Recovery officials will announce the dates and locations of the briefings in the affected areas.

Under the Public Assistance program, FEMA reimburses applicants for at least 75 percent of their eligible expenses, while the other 25 percent is the nonfederal share. The federal portion is paid directly to the state, which then makes disbursements to the local and tribal jurisdictions and organizations that incurred costs. More information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program can be found at www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit.

 

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The Idaho Office of Emergency Management is a Division of the Idaho Military Division. The services we provide are to facilitate emergency management in Idaho, and to assist neighboring states. The men and women of this Division are dedicated to their mission of protecting the lives and property of the people of Idaho, as well as preserving the environmental and the economic health of Idaho.

 

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August 21st Total Solar Eclipse

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NEWS RELEASE
Idaho Office of Emergency Management
For immediate release July 21, 2017
Contact: Elizabeth Duncan
(208) 258-6595 eduncan@imd.idaho.gov

Total Solar Eclipse Expected To Draw Unprecedented Numbers of Visitors

Individuals Urged to Plan Ahead and Prepare for Delays

 

BOISE – In one month Idahoans and visitors to the Gem State will witness a once-in-a-lifetime event. The August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse will cross 19 Idaho counties. Due to the unprecedented number of visitors expected to come to Idaho to view the event, individuals and families are being urged to plan ahead, prepare for traffic delays and have a family communications plan.
“Idaho is considered one of the best places to view this event,” said Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter. “While we want Idahoans and visitors to our state to enjoy this event, we want to make sure everyone stays safe and has a plan, including being prepared for traffic delays and crowds. I can’t encourage folks enough to stay informed. That’s why we have resources available so you can do that now.”

To view and print out an Idaho Eclipse Family Checklist, and view an eclipse public service announcement, go to the Idaho Office of Emergency Management (IOEM) webpage https://ioem.idaho.gov/
“The eclipse will happen at the peak of fire season in Idaho,” said Brad Richy, who leads IOEM. “We cannot stress enough the importance of motorists not pulling off to the side of the road to watch the eclipse. Vehicles can easily ignite grass fires, creating a hazard for emergency responders and other motorists.”

In planning and preparing for this event, IOEM conducted workshops this spring in multiple counties along the eclipse path. They were focused on transportation and emergency routes, statewide interoperability, emergency services and public messaging. IOEM continues facilitating weekly Idaho Eclipse Working Group meetings with State and federal partners.
In the path of totality the moon completely covers the sun and the sky darkens dramatically, making it appear to be nightfall. Idaho is considered a prime viewing area because skies are generally clear throughout the state this time of year.

With a path of totality of more than 300 miles, Idaho is one of 14 U.S. states over which the eclipse will cross. The total solar eclipse begins in Oregon and exits the continent in South Carolina.

 

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The Idaho Office of Emergency Management is a Division of the Idaho Military Division. The services we provide are to facilitate emergency management in Idaho, and to assist neighboring states. The men and women of this Division are dedicated to their mission of protecting the lives and property of the people of Idaho, as well as preserving the environmental and the economic health of Idaho.

 

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Joint Blaine County News Release Regarding Damage Assessments

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NEWS RELEASE
Idaho Office of Emergency Management
For immediate release May 24, 2017
Contact: Elizabeth Duncan
(208) 258-6595 eduncan@imd.idaho.gov

Preliminary Damage Assessment

Residents and businesses in Blaine County affected by flooding Encouraged to document damages

Blaine County Disaster Services is collecting countywide information on the economic and structural impact to the community caused by ongoing flooding. This applies to all residents and businesses of Blaine County, regardless of location.

The Preliminary Damage Assessment process helps to identify the overall impact to the whole community. It does not guarantee any types of assistance, but it will be used to review all opportunities for assistance.

Damage Assessments are used to determine how much damage individuals and business have sustained. Forms can be found on the Idaho Office of Emergency Management website: www.ioem.idaho.gov (fill in pertinent fields for your particular damages and include photos if possible).

We highly encourage you to start documenting and reporting any flood damages as soon as possible.

Email your completed forms with photo attachments to ccorwin@co.blaine.id.us or mail to

Blaine County Disaster Services
1650 Aviation Dr.
Hailey, Id. 83333
(208)788-5508

City of Sun ValleyNancy Flannigan, City Clerk nflannigan@svidaho.org (208) 622-4438

Contact Info:
Organization: Contact: Email: Phone:
Blaine County Government Mandy Pomeroy, Administrative Services mpomeroy@co.blaine.id.us (208) 788-5547
Blaine County Sheriff’s Office Holly Carter Public Information Officer hcarter@co.blaine.id.us (208) 788-5536
City of Bellevue Diane Shay, Community Development Director dshay@bellevueidaho.us (208) 788-2128
City of Carey Tess Cennarusa, City Clerk careycityclerk@frontier.com (208) 309-1445
City of Hailey Carol Brown, Public Information Officer pio@haileycityhall.org (208) 481-4920
Anne Jeffery, Public Information Officer pio@haileycityhall.org (208) 921-3968
City of Ketchum Lisa Enourato, Asst. City Administrator lenourato@ketchumidaho.org (208) 726-7803

 

For Current Flood Information follow us on:
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Blaine County @BlaineCountyID www.blainecounty.org
Blaine Co. Sheriff @BlaineCountySheriff www.blainesheriff.com
City of Bellevue @BellevueIdaho83313 www.bellevueidaho.us
City of Carey @cityofcarey www.cityofcarey.org
City of Hailey @haileycityflood www.haileycityhall.org
City of Ketchum @CityofKetchum www.ketchumidaho.org
City of Sun Valley @sunvalley sunvalleyidaho.gov

 

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The Idaho Office of Emergency Management is a Division of the Idaho Military Division. The services we provide are to facilitate emergency management in Idaho, and to assist neighboring states. The men and women of this Division are dedicated to their mission of protecting the lives and property of the people of Idaho, as well as preserving the environmental and the economic health of Idaho.

 

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Flooding May ID-04 Level 1 State Declaration

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NEWS RELEASE
Idaho Office of Emergency Management
For immediate release May 9, 2017
Contact: Elizabeth Duncan
(208) 258-6595 eduncan@imd.idaho.gov

IDEOC Activated To Level 1 Due to Snowmelt Flooding

State Disaster Declarations Now in Effect for 26 Idaho Counties

 

BOISE – The Idaho Emergency Operations Center (IDEOC) is activated to Level I to address spring flooding concerns throughout the state. Blaine, Boise, Butte, Custer, Elmore, Gooding and Lemhi counties are experiencing flooding along the Salmon, Big Lost and Big Wood Rivers, including streams and tributaries. 31 of Idaho’s 44 counties have local disaster declarations. 26 counties are part of State Disaster Declarations. Blaine County was added to a State Disaster Declaration for this most recent flooding signed Monday by Acting Governor Brad Little.

“When you have well above normal snowpack in the higher elevations, you can anticipate we will continue to face flooding in the weeks ahead,” said IOEM Deputy Chief Brad Richy. “Our primary concern continues to be safety, awareness and preparedness. We want all Idahoans and visitors to understand that flooded roadways can be treacherous. People who choose to cross flooded roadways, or recreate on fast moving flood waters, are putting not only themselves, but emergency responders at risk.” The Idaho Office of Emergency Management (IOEM) continues to work closely with counties throughout the state to provide necessary resources. Sandbags have been pre-positioned around the state to assist counties with flood protection.

Idaho continues to face the residual effects of record snow that began in December 2016. Lower elevation areas of southern Idaho began dealing with catastrophic flooding in January. In March areas of north central and northern Idaho began experiencing flooding-related landslides and avalanches. This latest flooding in the Wood River Valley is a direct result of warming temperatures melting the snow pack in higher elevations. As temperatures continue to warm, experts predict the flooding will continue. Rain in areas could increase the severity of flooding.

 

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The Idaho Office of Emergency Management is a Division of the Idaho Military Division. The services we provide are to facilitate emergency management in Idaho, and to assist neighboring states. The men and women of this Division are dedicated to their mission of protecting the lives and property of the people of Idaho, as well as preserving the environmental and the economic health of Idaho.

6 Inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over and adult
12 inches of rushing water can carry away a small car
2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles
It is never safe to drive or walk or boat through flood waters

TURN AROUND DON’T DROWN

 

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EHRF Application Information on IOEM Website

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NEWS RELEASE
Idaho Office of Emergency Management
For immediate release May 3, 2017
Contact: Elizabeth Duncan
(208) 258-6595 eduncan@imd.idaho.gov

Idaho State, Local, and Private Nonprofits Can Apply for Emergency Relief Funding For Road Repair

 

BOISE – The Idaho Office of Emergency Management (IOEM) is accepting applications for the competitive funding of projects through the Emergency Relief Fund.

The eligible projects that will be considered must exist within a county that suffered road and bridge damage as a result of extreme weather, including heavy snow, flooding and landslides that began in December 2016 and continue. Those eligible projects include roads, bridges, surfaces, bases, shoulders, ditches, drainage structures like culverts, low water crossings, decking, guard rails, girders, pavement, abutments, piers, slope protection, approaches, lighting, sidewalks and signs.

Information on how to apply, including deadlines, eligible projects, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) can be found on the IOEM website www.IOEM.Idaho.gov

 

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The Idaho Office of Emergency Management is a Division of the Idaho Military Division. The services we provide are to facilitate emergency management in Idaho, and to assist neighboring states. The men and women of this Division are dedicated to their mission of protecting the lives and property of the people of Idaho, as well as preserving the environmental and the economic health of Idaho.

 

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Applicant Briefings Scheduled

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NEWS RELEASE
Idaho Office of Emergency Management
For immediate release May 1, 2017
Contact: Elizabeth Duncan
(208) 258-6595 eduncan@imd.idaho.gov

IOEM to Hold Applicant Briefings in 11 Counties Designated for FEMA Public Assistance Grants

 

The Idaho Office of Emergency Management (IOEM) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are working together to expedite Public Assistance grants to eligible public entities and certain private nonprofit organizations affected by severe storms and flooding Feb. 5-27, 2017.

IOEM emergency management specialists, with support from FEMA, will begin holding Applicant Briefings this week as a first step in getting assistance dollars to eligible applicants in the 11 counties designated for assistance in President Trump’s April 21 disaster declaration. The Applicant Briefings will include an overview of FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), since additional grants will be available to Idaho under that program as a result of the disaster declaration.

Applicant Briefings are scheduled as follows:

  • May 3: Elmore County, 1 p.m., 2255 East 8th North, Mountain Home
  • May 4: Washington County, 10 a.m., 256 East Court St., Weiser
  • May 9: Gooding County, 9 a.m., 624 Main St., Gooding
  • May 9: Lincoln County, 1 p.m., Lincoln County Community Center, 201 South Beverly St., Shoshone
  • May 10: Minidoka County, 9 a.m., Wilson Theatre, 610 Fremont St., Rupert
  • May 10: Cassia County, 1 p.m., Location TBD
  • May 11: Jerome County, 9 a.m., 2151 South Tiger Drive, Jerome
  • May 11: Twin Falls County, 1 p.m., Twin Falls Highway District Conference Room, 2620 Kimberly Rd., Twin Falls
  • May 17: Franklin County, 1 p.m., Location TBD
  • May 18: Jefferson County, 3 p.m., 206 N. Yellowstone Hwy, Rigby
  • May 18: Bingham County, 9 a.m., 501 N. Maple, Sheriff’s Conference Room, Blackfoot

 

Potential applicants have until May 21, 2017, to file a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) with IOEM to initiate a claim under the disaster declaration.

Under the PA and HMGP programs, FEMA reimburses applicants for at least 75 percent of their eligible expenses, while the other 25 percent is the nonfederal share. The federal portion is paid directly to the state, which then makes disbursements to the local and tribal jurisdictions and organizations that incurred costs.

Under the HMGP program, FEMA and the state of Idaho may provide supplemental financial assistance to state agencies, local and tribal governments and certain private nonprofit organizations to reduce vulnerability to future disasters and promote community resilience.

State disaster recovery information is available on the IOEM website at https://ioem.idaho.gov. More information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program can be found at www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit.

More information about hazard mitigation is available at www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigationgrant-program.

Additional information on the federal role in this disaster recovery mission is available at the FEMA disaster-specific website at www.fema.gov/disaster/4310.

 

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The Idaho Office of Emergency Management is a Division of the Idaho Military Division. The services we provide are to facilitate emergency management in Idaho, and to assist neighboring states. The men and women of this Division are dedicated to their mission of protecting the lives and property of the people of Idaho, as well as preserving the environmental and the economic health of Idaho.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

 

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