Can I Get a Grant From FEMA for a Generator?

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency is responsible for coordinating the government's response to natural disasters. Because electrical power outages frequently occur during these events, FEMA has put together a generator reimbursement program. FEMA doesn't provide upfront grants to individuals and families, but this program should allow you to receive reimbursement for the cost of a generator should a natural disaster occur where you live.

FEMA Eligibility Requirements

A disaster area is established when the governor of a state declares a disaster and requests assistance from FEMA; the disaster area is occasionally expanded after the fact. The time frame for the generator reimbursement program begins on the date a disaster is declared and ends on the date power is restored. Generators purchased before or after these dates are not eligible for FEMA reimbursement. The one exception to the date restrictions is when a person has a documented medical condition for which the lack of electrical power could cause a life-threatening situation.

The Process

All generator reimbursement claims are handled on a case-by-case basis. You need to substantiate your claim by providing FEMA with a rental or purchase receipt and, if applicable, your medical information. If you believe you meet the eligibility requirements for reimbursement, log on to DisasterAssistance.gov to register.

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