Help faster the way for West Virginia communities affected by disaster

Help faster the way for West Virginia communities affected by disaster

CHARLESTON, WV (WVNS) – West Virginia has seen its natural disasters in recent years. Now there are systems in place to get faster help for communities in need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) implemented a manual pull system in November 2015. The West West Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) has now implemented a program to monitor grant monies. FEMA officials have approved the program and released the state from the manual draw as at 10 September 2019.

“The Grants Section remains committed to helping DHSEM build a strong grant management program and we recommend the progress made over the past few months,” said Regeane Frederique, FEMA Grants Division Director.

Over the past three years, the DHSEM Sub-Receiver Monitoring Program has worked diligently to implement policies and procedures for monitoring the use of State and Federal funds by recipients of these funds. These policies and procedures ensure that funds are used appropriately and in accordance with applicable regulations.

FEMA confirmed the monitoring program in July 2019. Officials told the agency that they are confident that the monitoring program is being fully implemented. As a result, FEMA DHSEM related to a manual refund of all immediately effective open awards.

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