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Emergency Relief Fund Update from Idaho Office of Emergency Management

Posted By Justin Ruen, Friday, August 4, 2017

There have been many questions from applicants regarding status of Emergency Relief Funds (ERF).  The following is a brief overview of where we are at and what you can expect going forward. 
The process to fund projects can be longer than expected because of the potential for many projects to be eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funding.  It is important that state ERF funds not be used on projects where federal funding is available.
To review, ERF funding is awarded on a conditional basis pending review of FEMA and FHWA eligible projects. We have identified those projects that are eligible for funding through FEMA or FHWA at the surface level, and are now working to identify which projects have been approved. Unfortunately, we are unable to release ERF funds until a final determination has been made. Once determined, projects will be awarded as follows: 

Ineligible for FEMA or FHWA – 90% funded by ERF, 10% match by jurisdiction

FEMA approved – 75% funded by FEMA, 15% funded by ERF, 10% match by jurisdiction

FHWA approved – generally 100% funded by FHWA
Those projects currently identified as not eligible for FEMA or FHWA will be getting ERF Project Agreements and Worksheets within the next week. We are working with LHTAC and have requested a list of approved/denied projects from FHWA. Once we have that information we can continue to finalize eligible ERF projects.
Projects that have been obligated funds from FEMA will be receiving letters with next step information in the next 1-2 weeks. If you have received a denial letter from either FEMA or FHWA, please forward that to us so that we can get started on your project. 
Please feel free to contact me with any other questions or concerns.
Best Regards,

Jesse-Kay Cole 
Administrative Specialist
Idaho Office of Emergency Management
(208) 258-6591 Office
(208) 859-5501 Cell


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