July 26, 2018
Preplanning. You hear this term often in life, but preplanning for your company and its team members is beneficial and can avoid chaos. Many disasters, such as hurricanes, can be identified before they strike. Others, such as tornadoes, earthquakes, or man-made disasters cannot. For those that can be anticipated, preplanning can make an Immediate Response Program work much more smoothly than reacting after a disaster has struck. It is important to know that the IRP is designed to meet regulations for a regulatory defined “Qualified Disaster” only.
A disaster which results from a terrorist or military action.
A federally declared disaster.
A disaster which results from an accident involving a common carrier.
Any event, which is determined to be catastrophic by the Secretary of the Treasury or his or her delegate.
How does the IRP process work?
The IRP must be part of an ongoing Disaster & Hardship Relief Fund, then receiving the immediate assistance does not disqualify the charitable class member from applying for a grant when they are ready (nor does it guarantee they will receive a grant). However, it does reduce the grant amount they are qualified to receive. For example, if the maximum grant is $5,000 and they received a $500 debit card or payment, then the maximum additional grant they may receive is $4,500.
Each disaster event has unique nuances which impact the Immediate Response Program.