Applying for Assistance under an Emergency Declaration

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My state has an Emergency Declaration. Why can't I apply for assistance?


FEMA Disaster Declarations may include:

  • An Emergency Declaration authorizing FEMA to identify, mobilize, and provide equipment and resources to assist with the emergency. Emergency declarations are typically signed by the president before a disaster occurs.
  • An Individual Assistance declaration allows FEMA to provide assistance through the Individuals and Households Program (IHP). The Individuals and Households Program assistance includes grants for housing assistance, (e.g., temporary housing and home repairs), and other needs assistance, (e.g., personal property, medical, dental, transportation, etc.), to help individuals recover from the disaster. Other programs that may be available as a result of an Individual Assistance declaration include the Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program, Disaster Unemployment Assistance, and Disaster Legal Services.
  • A Public Assistance declaration authorizes FEMA to provide assistance to state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.

If your state or county has not received an Individual Assistance declaration, FEMA cannot provide you any assistance for losses covered by IHP, including generators, personal property, and home repair.

Please check Disaster Declarations for updated information.

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