**Funds Available to Assist DEMA Member Exhibitors and Buyers of DEMA Show 2017 **
The Diving Equipment & Marketing Association (DEMA) Board of Directors has approved the expansion of the Disaster Assistance Program to assist DEMA-Member Show Exhibitors and Buyers impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and most recently, Hurricane Maria.
DEMA’s Disaster Assistance Program was first created in 2004 and has been used when DEMA-Member companies are impacted by natural disasters which may interfere with their ability to promote their businesses, products, services and destinations. As funds are limited, DEMA has earmarked them specifically for DEMA-Member companies who plan to exhibit or buy at DEMA Show 2017 and have been negatively impacted by these large storms. Funds will be provided to Exhibitors in the affected areas based on their exhibit size and to Buyers in the impacted areas who attend DEMA Show and stay in a DEMA block hotel.
Exhibitors from the areas indicated below are eligible to apply for the funds to help them exhibit at this year’s Show. Buyers who plan to attend DEMA Show can also apply for funds to assist in covering hotel costs while 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 2017,” 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 DEMA-Member Exhibitors who are fully paid by the close of business on September 22, 2017, and physically located in the following areas:
Impacted by Hurricane Harvey:
Counties in Texas:
Aransas, Austin, Bee, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Brazoria, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Harris, Jackson, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Liberty, Live Oak, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, Waller, Wharton, and Wilson.
Parishes in Louisiana:
Allen, Acadia, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine, Vermilion, and Vernon.
Impacted by Hurricane Irma & Hurricane Maria: