FEMA signs disaster aid agreement with Havasupai

SUPAI - The Havasupai Tribe and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency signed a formal agreement for disaster aid Thursday for flooding that occurred Oct. 3-6.

"The Havasupai Tribe is grateful for the support of the State of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and President Barack Obama," said Tribal Coordinating Officer Bernadine Jones.

A presidential disaster declaration for the flooding event made FEMA's Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs available to the tribe.

The Public Assistance Program provides supplemental funding to state, tribal and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations to help them recover from disasters.

It partially reimburses eligible applicants for extraordinary costs incurred while responding to a disaster and costs related to restoring damaged infrastructure. The Hazard Mitigation Grant program provides funds to supplement those of eligible applicants to undertake projects that build resilience and eliminate or reduce damage in future hazardous events.