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Disaster Recovery Assistance for Communities in Alberta

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Disaster Recovery Assistance Program

The Disaster Recovery Assistance Program is there to help municipalities with the cost of responding and recovering from flooding. Disaster Recovery Solutions is there to help municipalities to obtain that assistance … for free!

When a disaster or major emergency is imminent or has actually occurred in the province, the AEMA (Alberta Emergency Management Agency) becomes aware of the circumstances through a variety of sources. These include internal reporting mechanisms, municipalities, other government departments and the media. Contact your AEMA Field Representative.

The AEMA will provide application forms to affected municipalities for the submission of timely and accurate information about the damage in their respective areas. If a program is approved, to be eligible for response or recovery payments under Part 4 of these Guidelines, the municipality must submit its application to the AEMA within 90 days of the event.

The Disaster Recovery Committee (DRC), appointed under Section 5(1) of the Emergency Management Act, will review information relating to the severity of the event to determine whether or not the criteria for approval of a program outlined in Section 4(1) of the Disaster Recovery Regulation have been met:

  • The disaster has caused widespread damage to property.
  • The cause of the disaster was extraordinary.
  • Insurance is not reasonably or readily available

An event is considered extraordinary if it meets or exceeds the equivalent of a 1 in 25 year precipitation level in an urban area; a 1 in 50 year precipitation level in a rural area; or a 1 in 100 year stream flow for watercourses. This determination will be made through analysis of precipitation, stream flow data and taking into consideration any other extenuating circumstances.

Ice Jams — Each ice jam is reviewed on an individual basis. Data, collected by Alberta Environment on general winter and ice conditions and extraordinary conditions (colder winter, rapid melt, thick and strong ice) that prevailed at the breakup in the vicinity of the site will be reviewed.

Information on the event will be reviewed by the DRC (Disaster Recovery Committee) to determine whether or not the criteria outlined in Section 9 of the Disaster Recovery Regulation has been met:

  • The damages, loss or costs could have been reasonably prevented.
  • Insurance for the damage, loss or costs was reasonably and readily available before the disaster or emergency occurred.
  • There is a substantial likelihood that the damage, loss or costs could be recovered through legal action.
  • The full amount of the damage, loss or costs is available under other GoA (Government of Alberta) programs.
  • A state of local emergency does not have to be declared in order to receive financial assistance under a disaster recovery program.