Navigating Public Assistance Following a Disaster

Live Webinar and Chat
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
3:30 – 5:00 pm Eastern
Presenter: Angela Huddleston – Emergency Management Program Specialist with FEMA Region 6 Public Assistance


With hurricane season already underway, managers and curators of cultural resources should prepare for both the immediate threat of a disaster as well as for long-term recovery from the disaster. Recovery from a large-scale disaster is a process – not an event. Recovery may continue for a number of months or years, depending on the severity and extent of the damage sustained. Following a federally declared disaster, FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) program provides supplemental reimbursement to state, local, and tribal government entities, as well as certain private non-profit organizations, including some cultural institutions. Learning about the PA program before disaster strikes will make it easier to navigate the process in the aftermath of an actual event. It is important to be familiar with applicable deadlines and the documentation needed to apply for federal assistance. Securing disaster aid, an important component of the recovery process, is a challenging activity.

This 90-minute webinar will raise awareness of the unique policies regarding cultural institutions and will empower state cultural agencies to provide guidance to help affected cultural institutions rebound. FEMA Emergency Management Program Specialist Angela Huddleston will discuss:
• The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act
• Application forms and deadlines
• Eligibility requirements
• Special Considerations, such as insurance, floodplain management and environmental and historic preservation issues
• Documenting your losses
• What you can do in advance of potential disasters to be better prepared to apply for federal aid


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AngelaAngela Huddleston is an Emergency Management Program Specialist with FEMA Region 6 Public Assistance in Denton, Texas. She has been with FEMA since 2008, first as a reservist then full-time starting in 2010. Prior to FEMA, Angela served as Deputy Director at William King Regional Arts Center in Abingdon, Virginia, following a four-year teaching career at National College in Bristol, Tennessee.

Angela began as a Project Specialist, working with applicants following multiple declared events in Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana. Her field specialty was integrating hazard mitigation proposals into the recovery process. Angela now serves as an Appeals Analyst in the Policy Group, researching regulation and policy and preparing appeal responses on behalf of the Regional Administrator.

Angela, originally from East Tennessee, received her BA in English Literature from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and her MA in Liberal Studies from East Tennessee State University. Her favorite mode of transportation is a 2006 Harley Softail Deuce.



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