MINOT AIR FORCE BASE The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced this week that airmen can live in FEMA housing and also collect housing allowances.
FEMA has determined it would not be a duplication of benefits for airmen to receive both basic allowance for housing and temporary lodging in FEMA homes, according to a news release from the Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs office.
FEMA acknowledges that the basic allowance for housing is part of a military service member's compensation package, the news release said.
Military members and their dependents also may be eligible for safe haven allowances after the order for evacuation. Safe haven allowances are for displaced active-duty dependents and Department of Defense civilian dependents and consist of two parts: lodging and meals, and incidental expenses. In addition, displaced military members may be eligible to have their household goods stored for up to six months.
"This is great news for our airmen," said Col. Max Mitchell, vice commander of the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot AFB. "This is one less thing to worry about for those affected by the Minot flood. It will allow our airmen to focus more of their attention on getting their houses and lives back together."
A FEMA regional coordinator may need to speak with those requesting manufactured homes on an individual basis on this issue.