The Federal Register posted an announcement this morning that will be good news for those departments located in Hurricane Katrina declared disaster zones. The USDA Rural Facilities Grant Program has been influxed with a special pool of money for rebuilding or repairing emergency services provider buildings ( FDs/Police) and for replacing apparatus or vehicles lost or damaged during the storm. If you are in a Federally declared disaster zone from Katrina you can now apply to USDA for assistance in the form of grants and loans for these purposes. The ususal economic indicators and matching dollar requirements have been waived. For further infromation please look at the provided link below and read thoroughly first, as most of the questions you might have will be answerred there. If you have need of further assistance please feel free to conatct me offline.