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Published on Friday, February 5, 2016

FEMA proposes establishing a deductible for public assistance; input from communities requested

The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) is considering establishing a “disaster deductible” which would require a predetermined level of financial or other commitment from a recipient before providing assistance. FEMA’s reasoning behind this is that recipients would make more meaningful improvements in disaster planning.

They write, “for example, recipients could potentially receive credit toward their deductible requirement through proactive pre-event actions such as adopting enhanced building codes, establishing and maintaining a disaster relief fund or self-insurance plan, or adoption of other measures that reduce the recipient's risk from disaster events.”

FEMA is seeking comment on this concept, due by March 21. You can learn more and find out how to comment here.