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FEMA Prioritizes Funding for Immediate Disaster Relief Efforts

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued guidance announcing immediate needs funding (INF) in response to the near exhaustion of Disaster Relief Funds (DRFs) and the current disaster environment with a major fire and multiple hurricanes. 

When INF is implemented, funding will continue for Individual Assistance, Public Assistance essential for lifesaving and life-sustaining activities, state management costs, mission assignments, and critical ongoing disaster operations.  

There will not be new obligations for Public Assistance not essential for lifesaving and life-sustaining activities, permanent work, and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Obligations for these activities will be paused until the DRF is sufficiently funded by Congressional appropriation. However, FEMA will continue to accept and process Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation grant applications even in categories where the obligations are paused.