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FEMA Region III: Recovery Division

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The Recovery Division manages programs that enable individuals and communities (affected by disasters of all sizes) to return to normal function with minimal suffering and disruption of services.

The bulk of assistance provided by this division falls into two branches: Individual and Public Assistance.

Jack Schuback, Division Director

Michael Senycz, Deputy Division Director


Individual Assistance Branch

Maria Arena, Acting Branch Chief

The Individual Assistance Branch provides individuals, families, farmers and business owners with various types of assistance, the essentials to begin the road to recovery, by meeting disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

Individuals and Households Program (IHP)

Assistance is offered through the Individuals and Households Program (IHP). IHP consists of two major types of assistance:

Other emergency disaster assistance includes disaster unemployment assistance, crisis counseling and disaster legal services.

Individual Assistance staff in Region III have been coordinating with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) concerning their Healthy Homes Initiative. HUD created documents to better inform the general public affected by disasters how to build back smarter when disasters occur. HUD just completed creation of their smartphone application as well as the below videos pertaining to their Healthy Homes initiative.

Public Assistance Branch

Steve Simpson, Branch Chief

FEMA's Public Assistance program provides communities with supplemental disaster grant assistance for the repair, replacement or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities and the facilities of certain private non-profit organizations. 

The federal share of assistance is not less than 75 percent of the eligible cost for emergency measures and permanent restoration. The grantee (usually the state) determines how the non-federal share (up to 25 percent) is split with the sub grantees (eligible applicant).

Financial assistance may cover:

  • Debris removal
  • Emergency protective measures
  • Repair and restoration of public facilities, such as roads, buildings and utilities

Public Assistance Resources


Region III's Public Assistance staff is available to provide training courses and workshops on the following topics:

  • Debris Field Operations
  • Debris Management Plan Workshop
  • Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA)
  • Introduction to Public Assistance (PA)
  • Grants Management & Closeout
  • All inclusive 1-2 Day Refresher - Intro to PA, PDA, Debris Operations & Closeout

For further information or to schedule a training class or workshop, contact:
Emily Mahon

National Disaster Recovery Framework

The National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) was released on September 22, 2011. FEMA Region III has established a work group to develop a plan for how the framework will be implemented within the regional jurisdiction. Visit Region III’s NDRF page for up-to-date information on implementation efforts.

Last Updated: 
08/10/2015 - 13:10