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FEMA offers funds to emergency agencies
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Bryan County has been awarded federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.
Bryan County will receive $11,399 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in this area. The funds will be distributed in 2007 to the qualifying organizations selected by the local board.
The selection was made by a national board made up of affiliates of national voluntary organization chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The board was charges to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.
A local board made up of representatives from local emergency services agencies, American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, Family Connection, Jewish Federation, United Way of the Coastal Empire, other organization and community volunteers will determine how the funds are to be distributed among emergency food and shelter programs fun by local service organizations. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under the this phase of the program.
Under the terns of the National Board, local governmental or private voluntary organization chosen to receive funds must be non-profit, have an accounting system and conduct an annual audit, practice nondiscrimination, have demonstrated the capacity to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and if they are private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.
Qualifying organizations are urged to apply. Applications will be available at the Pembroke City Hall starting today, Feb. 8, and should be completed and returned by the deadline of 5 p.m. on Feb. 13. For more information call Tonya Raulerson, chair of Bryan County FEMA Board at 653-5554.

What it means
Bryan County will receive $11,399 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs. The funds will be distributed to qualifying applicants, who will determined by a board made up of local representatives from various agencies and community volunteers.  Applications are available beginning today at Pembroke City Hall.  The deadline to apply is Feb. 13.
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