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FEMA guidelines for generator and chainsaw reimbursement

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Posted at 9:24 AM, Sep 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-19 09:24:58-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Some Hurricane Irma victims that had to purchase a generator or chainsaw for safety or clean-up purposes could be eligible for reimbursements from FEMA.

Here are the guidelines:

Generators

Applicants who owned a generator prior to the disaster that was damaged as a result of the disaster may be eligible to receive financial assistance to repair or replace the generator.

Those who purchase or rent a generator to power a medically required piece of equipment are eligible if the generator was purchased or rented due to a disruption in electrical utility service caused by a Presidentially-declared emergency or major disaster and:

  • The registered dwelling is the applicant’s primary residence and is located in an area designated for Individual Assistance;
  • Proof-of-purchase or rental receipts for the generator are provided; and
  • A statement from a medical services provider is provided, the generator is medically necessary.
     

Chainsaws

Any owner of a chainsaw that was damaged as a result of the disaster may be eligible to receive financial assistance to repair or replace the chainsaw.

Chainsaws purchased after the disaster must be needed to provide access to or from the home and/or to remove imminent danger to the home caused by the hurricane. The rules on proof of purchase and home ownership also apply.

FEMA does not duplicate benefits if reimbursement for equipment was paid for by another source.