Designated Areas: Disaster 4632
Individuals and households in these designated counties are eligible to apply for financial and direct services. Apply for assistance, or learn more about the Individual Assistance program.
- Jefferson (County)
- Shelby (County)
State, local, tribal and territorial governments and certain private-non-profit organizations in these designated counties are eligible for assistance for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities. Learn more about the Public Assistance program.
How a Disaster Gets Declared
The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act states in part that: "All requests for a declaration by the President that a major disaster exists shall be made by the governor of the affected state or territory, or by the tribal leader."
Visit our How a Disaster Gets Declared page for detailed information on the rules and procedures that guide the process, including:
- Requirements governors/leaders follow when submitting their request for a presidential disaster declaration.
- Authorities granting federally recognized Indian tribal governments the option to request a presidential emergency or major disaster declaration.
- How FEMA regional offices work with state or Indian tribal governments to conduct Preliminary Damage Assessments (PDAs).
- Factors that determine when individual assistance is made available.