Reminder: AHRQ Natural Disaster Policy – Hurricane Laura, Derecho
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August 31, 2020

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It is highly likely that both Hurricane Laura and the recent Midwest derecho will adversely impact some AHRQ-applicants’ and recipients’ ability to submit applications and/or reports in a timely manner. Generally, AHRQ considers accepting late applications when delays occur because the applicant or recipient organization is officially closed due to a natural disaster or other emergency.Given the current combination of the existing Presidentially-declared Public Health Emergency concerning COVID-19 and the disaster, AHRQ will accept late applications on a case by case basis due to other circumstances than an official closure. In addition, note the following:

  • Institutions must submit applications or reports as soon as possible after reopening, not to exceed the number of days the institution was officially closed.
  • Institutions must submit a cover letter with the application, with enough detail about the delay so that AHRQ staff can determine whether circumstances justify accepting the application late. Institutions need not request advance permission to submit late due to a disaster-related delay.


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