FEMA prepares to mail Katrina disaster aid waivers

The Federal Emergency Management Agency plans to mail letters next week to 90,000 individuals and households letting them know that it will waive repayment of disaster assistance funds that FEMA erroneously distributed after Hurricane Katrina.

Residents could qualify for the waiver — if they earn less than $90,000 a year and were paid the funds due to FEMA error — under a provision that Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., pushed to include in a federal spending bill in December. The office of Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., announced this morning that FEMA has since developed a plan for repayment waivers.

Residents must respond to FEMA within 60 days, certifying that they meet the waiver qualifications and appropriately spent the disaster funds.

Sun Herald