FEMA’s Individual Assistance program is designed to help disaster survivors with basic critical needs such as a safe, sanitary, and functional place to live during recovery from a disaster. It is not designed to make survivors whole and is not a substitute for insurance coverage. FEMA Individual Assistance cannot duplicate other sources of assistance.
As part of the disaster assistance process, FEMA must determine ownership and occupancy of damaged primary residences. FEMA has made it easier for disaster survivors in Autauga, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, and Hale counties who experienced loss from the Jan. 12, 2023, severe storms, straight-line winds and tornadoes to verify ownership and occupancy.
FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration have approved $3.88 million in federal assistance for survivors of Hurricane Ian, which hit South Carolina in Sept. 2022.
The state of California and FEMA are committed to providing equal access to all state and federal disaster assistance programs while helping residents recover from the severe storms and flooding that began Dec. 27, 2022.