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Help After a Disaster

The “Help after a Disaster” guide has been replaced.  Each registrant for Individual Assistance receives a letter explaining FEMA’s Individuals and Households program.

Introduction to FEMA’s Individuals & Households Program

FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program (IHP) may provide financial assistance and direct services for losses caused by the disaster that are not covered by insurance or another source.  By law, FEMA is limited in the maximum amount of IHP financial assistance it can provide.  The Stafford Act provides that FEMA may adjust this cap annually to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index.

The Individuals and Households Program Unified Guidance is a single, comprehensive reference containing policy statements and conditions of eligibility for all forms of Individuals and Households Program (IHP) assistance.

After you receive your letter from FEMA explaining the program, if you have additional questions, you can contact the FEMA Helpline (1-800-621-3362 / TTY (800) 462-7585) or visit Individual Disaster Assistance for more details.

For web-friendly account management, visit to set up an account, check the status of your FEMA application, view correspondence, and upload requested documents.

Last Updated: 
07/17/2017 - 16:09