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DEMA Expands Disaster Assistance Program to Aid Show Exhibitors & Buyers Impacted by CA Wildfires

Sunday, November 11, 2018   (0 Comments)
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**Funds Available to Assist DEMA Member Exhibitors and Buyers of DEMA Show 2018 **

The Diving Equipment & Marketing Association (DEMA) announced today that the DEMA Board of Directors has approved the expansion of the 2018 DEMA Disaster Assistance Program to include DEMA-Member Show Exhibitors and Buyers impacted by the California Camp and Woolsey fires.

DEMA’s Disaster Assistance Program was previously activated on October 16 to include those who were affected by Hurricane Michael in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, and expanded on November 2 to include those impacted by Typhoon Yutu.  This additional expansion will account for exhibitors and buyers impacted by wildfires that began in California during the week of November October 5th. DEMA-Member companies who were negatively impacted by these fires and who planned to exhibit at DEMA Show 2018 are eligible to apply for the funds to help them exhibit. Buyers who planned to attend DEMA Show can also apply for funds to assist in staying onsite at DEMA Show. 

"DEMA’s Disaster Assistance Program funds are available to Member manufacturers, destinations and other industry-related entities to aid them in getting to and exhibiting at DEMA Show 2018,” said Tom Ingram, President and CEO of DEMA.  “Registered Buyers from DEMA Member businesses who are staying in the DEMA hotel block are also eligible for funds to assist in attending DEMA Show so they can buy the products and services they need to keep their businesses in operation.”

Exhibitor Assistance Program: DEMA’s Disaster Assistance Program funds are available to 2018 DEMA-Member Exhibitors who are fully paid by 5:00 PM Pacific time, September 21, 2018, and physically located in the affected mandatory evacuation areas of Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. 

For each 100 net square feet of exhibit space purchased and paid for by September 21, 2018, DEMA will provide regular DEMA-Member Exhibitors with $US 400.00 in assistance.  Funds will be awarded onsite at DEMA Show 2018 to the exhibiting companies who apply and fall within the guidelines deeming them eligible for assistance. Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis up to the maximum available from the DEMA disaster assistance fund. All interested parties must apply for the assistance funds on site at DEMA Show at DEMA Central in Las Vegas, NV prior to close of DEMA Show at 5:00 pm on Saturday, November 17, 2018.

For more information and to receive a DEMA 2018 Disaster Assistance Fund Processing form visit DEMA Central in Booth #1858 at DEMA Show 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. Complete rules for disbursements will be available onsite at DEMA Show.

Attendee Assistance Program:  Impacted DEMA-Member Buyers who are registered for the Show and staying in the official DEMA Show hotel block at The Westgate Las Vegas Resort are eligible for reimbursement as follows; One registered Buyer from an attending DEMA-Member business physically located in the affected mandatory evacuation areas of Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura Counties can receive reimbursement for a one-night hotel stay (single occupancy) in the DEMA hotel block prior to midnight Pacific time, November 16, 2018. The complete rules for disbursement will be available at DEMA Central onsite at DEMA Show 2018.

The designated Buyer from an affected DEMA Member must apply for the disaster funds and present the receipt for the hotel stay through the DEMA Office prior to close of business on December 6, 2018.   Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis up to the maximum of the DEMA disaster assistance fund.  Exhibitors are not eligible for hotel reimbursement assistance under this program but can receive Exhibitor Assistance as described above.


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