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Public Assistance Guide

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents Foreword Acronyms Chapters: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5


List of Acronyms

Chapter 1: Disaster Assistance Overview

When Disaster Strikes
Declaration Process
The PA Program
State Management of Disasters

Chapter 2: Eligibility

Governing Documents
Categories of Work

Chapter 3: Applying for Public Assistance

Process Overview
Preliminary Damage Assessment and Immediate Needs Funding
Applicants' Briefing
Request for Public Assistance (Request)
Assignment of the Public Assistance Coordination (PAC) Crew Leader
Kickoff Meeting
Project Formulation
Grant Processing

Chapter 4: Special Considerations

What Are Special Considerations?
The Special Considerations Process
Hazard Mitigation
Environmental/Historic Preservation Compliance

Chapter 5: Project Management

Record Keeping
Time Limits
Changes in Scope of Work and Costs
Progress Reports


Appendix A: Stafford Act, P.L. 93-288
Appendix B: 44 CFR Part 206, Subparts C and G-L
Appendix C: 44 CFR Part 13, Subparts A-D

June 2007
This guide describes FEMA's Public Assistance Program's basic provisions and application procedures. Because this document is not exhaustive and the provisions are subject to modification, the information contained herein should be verified with FEMA PA Program officials before becoming the basis for decision making.

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