Disaster Assistance Program
Members Helping Members
With the help of its members, DEMA will provide assistance to the victims of catastrophic storms and other occurrences with a DEMA Disaster Assistance Program; “Members Helping Members,” building a bridge of assistance for those affected by these disasters while permanent aid is being requested from the appropriate government, private or public agencies.
The MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS Program will provide three types of assistance:
Member to Member Assistance: DEMA Member companies will be asked to provide a direct link of assistance to those in affected areas. Manufacturers and other travel and service provider companies will have a direct assistance line to accommodate companies that need help recouping from such a tragic event to help get their feet back on the ground.
Exhibitor Assistance: Designed for companies exhibiting at the DEMA Show, each company involved and from affected regions may apply for funds to help them get to the trade show, where promotional opportunities can help them get back into operation. Affected companies will apply for the assistance funds through the DEMA office, and funds will be awarded to companies exhibiting at the show.
Attendee Assistance Program: Designed for Buyers who are registered for the show and staying in the DEMA block of hotel rooms, attendees will receive a complimentary one night hotel stay (Accommodations only. Does not include Tax and Service Fees). This program is limited to one buyer from each retail store and for reservations made within DEMA’s hotel block. Attendees from affected retail stores will have two weeks to submit receipts following the show for reimbursement.
In general a "Disaster" will be defined as any event that is declared such by the local government of a city, county or state. Applications for assistance will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
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