Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Bob Filner wants to make sure all eligible Imperial County agencies, California agencies and nonprofit organizations know June 2 is the deadline for filing for federal and state disaster assistance related to the earthquake that shook the Imperial Valley on April 4.

“Filing a request for public assistance is the first step to securing earthquake recovery funds,” said Filner.  “All agencies and nonprofits must get their requests for recovery assistance in before the June 2nd deadline.”

The federal public assistance funds are available to eligible Imperial County applicants as part of the May 7, 2010 presidential disaster declaration following the 7.2 magnitude earthquake. State public assistance funds were authorized by Governor Schwarzenegger’s State of Emergency Proclamation on April 5, 2010. It was initially estimated there were $91.3 million in damages in Imperial County.

Agencies cannot receive reimbursement without first submitting the Request for Public Assistance before the deadline.  Agencies and nonprofits seeking the forms and more information on the Public Assistance program and a contact person can call Cal EMA at 626-431-3290 or 626-431-3704.

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