Obligation and Payment Processes for Disasters 1498 and Forward
Grants Processing Section receives a supplement packages from FEMA
, which are called obligations. From there, Grants Processing Section has 30 days from the obligation date to process the supplements, and mail a copy of the Notification of Obligation and Payment Letters
to the applicant. This correspondence will include a copy of the Project Worksheet, which indicates the scope and dollar amount approved for the specific project.
The Applicant then has 60 days from the date of the Notification of Obligation and Payment Letter to submit an appeal to Cal EMA stating they do not agree with FEMA's determination. Please contact your Area Coordinator
to learn more about the appeal process.
provides how we have changed our payment process to be more efficient for DR-1498 and forward disasters. Here are some basic parameters for our payment process.
All administrative allowances are advanced upon processing or the obligation/approval of Project Worksheet (PW) or state Damage Survey Report (DSR).
All projects indicating 100% complete on the PW or DSR, will receive all federal and state funds.
All federal small projects will receive all federal funds and 90% of the state funds.
State agencies do not receive state funding at this time with exceptions of DR-1498.
Private nonprofit organizations do not receive state funding at this time.
Once a Large Project Reimbursement Request has been received by Cal EMA, it will be processed on a first in/first out basis.
NO PAYMENT WILL BE PROCESSED WITHOUT THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS BEING ON FILE WITH Cal EMA.
Small project threshold for disasters can found on the Disaster list.