Colorado Office of Emergency Management Working to Identify Private Non-Profits Eligible for Disaster Aid

News Release

Date:         August 7, 2012
Contact:   Micki Trost, PIO
                  Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Colorado Office of Emergency Management Working to Identify Private Non-Profits Eligible for Disaster Aid Before August 17 Deadline

The Colorado Office of Emergency Management is working to identify private non-profit organizations that may be eligible for disaster aid as a result of the Presidential disaster declaration for the Waldo Canyon Fire in El Paso County and the High Park Fire in Larimer County.   

On June 28, President Obama signed a disaster declaration making disaster assistance available to state and local government agencies and some private non-profit organizations in Colorado. Private non-profit organizations in Larimer and El Paso counties that suffered damage or incurred costs of at least $1,000 from High Park and Waldo Canyon fires are encouraged to contact the Colorado Office of Emergency Management at 720-852-6697 by Friday, August 17, 2012 for potential referral to the Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance Program.  

Private non-profit organizations or institutions that own or operate facilities that are open to the general public and that provide certain services otherwise performed by a government agency may be eligible for Public Assistance. These services include:  ·        

  • Education
    • Colleges and universities
    • Parochial and other private schools    
  • Public Utilities
    • Systems of energy
    • communication
    • water supply
    • sewage collection and treatment
    • other similar public service facilities      
  • Emergency
    • Fire protection
    • ambulance
    • rescue
    • similar emergency services
  • Medical
    • Hospital
    • outpatient facility
    • rehabilitation facility
    • facility for long-term care for mental or physical injury or disease
  • Custodial Care
    • Homes for the elderly and similar facilities that provide institutional care for persons who require close supervision, but do not require day-to-day medical care
  • Other Essential Governmental Services
  • Museums, zoos, community centers, libraries, homeless shelters, senior citizen centers, rehabilitation facilities, shelter workshops and facilities that provide health and safety services of a governmental nature
  • Health and safety services are essential services that are commonly provided by all local governments and directly affect the health and safety of individuals
  • Low-income housing, alcohol and drug rehabilitation, programs for battered spouses, transportation to medical facilities, and food programs are examples of health services