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FEMA Region IX: Recovery Division

This section of the site contains information on FEMA Region 9 recovery division.

Region 9: Recovery Division

Storm survivors have returned and begin the difficult task of clean-up from the May 20 EF-5 tornado which devastated this area. FEMA may provide temporary housing and other assistance to eligible survivors who register and apply.

Region IX serves the states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada, including the Tribal Nations within those borders, as well as the territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Region IX personnel also assist the rest of the nation by providing support to other parts of the country as needed.

The Recovery Division oversees several program areas including Individual Assistance, Public Assistance, the National Disaster Recovery Framework, and Environmental & Historical Preservation. These programs are intended to assist individuals and communities affected by presidentially declared disasters to rebuild, recover, and protect against future hazards.

Recovery Division Staff

Division Director:
Robert Pesapane


Homes in the background that did not sustain fire damage become uninhabitable due to the lack of utilities. Every park resident is urged to register with FEMA.Management and Program Analyst:
Emily Baumgartner

The Declaration Process

The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act provides the legal authority for a State Governor or a Tribal Chief Executive to seek a Presidential declaration by submitting a written request to the President through the FEMA regional office. In the request, the Governor or Chief Executive certifies that the combined local, county, state and tribal resources are insufficient to respond and that the situation is beyond their recovery capabilities. Following a FEMA regional and national office review of the request and the findings of the preliminary damage assessment, FEMA provides the President an analysis of the situation and a recommended course of action.

For additional information see the FEMA Declarations page.

Individual Assistance Branch

 This Southern Baptist volunteer is helping a survivor clear household debris from the May 20 tornado. The Southern Baptist organization provides many critical disaster services and is an important FEMA partner in response and recovery.

Individual Assistance Branch Chief:
Magda De La Matta

Individual Assistance

The Individual Assistance (IA) Branch administers the Federal programs that assist eligible individuals and households who have been affected by a presidentially declared disaster. FEMA’s IA programs may not make the individual or household whole, but are designed to assist with basic housing needs and necessary expenses. FEMA assistance cannot duplicate other disaster assistance such as voluntary agency assistance, insurance, Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans or other Federal, State or local programs. IA programs include Individual and Households Program, Crisis Counseling, Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Disaster Legal Services, and Disaster Case Management.

Individuals and Households Program

The Individuals and Households Program (IHP) provides financial assistance or direct services to eligible individuals, who have necessary expenses and serious needs as a result of a disaster.

Housing Assistance

Housing Assistance provides financial assistance to individuals who are unable to return to their damaged or inaccessible dwellings as a result of a disaster.

A rain-drenched member of the audience holds up a sign of hope at the Asbury Park Convention Hall during President Obama’s speech. The president stressed hope and faith in the recovery and relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy laid waste to the Jersey Shore. Rosanna Arias/FEMA Crisis Counseling

FEMA coordinates with State government agencies to implement the Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP) as a supplemental assistance program available to the States and Territories. ‪The mission of CCP is to assist individuals and communities in emotional and mental recovery from the effects of natural and human-caused disasters.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

A Samaritan's Purse volunteer sits down for a moment with homeowner Ollie Harris. Volunteers are an essential workforce in the recovery effort, working tirelessly gutting homes so they can be restored. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

The purpose of Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is to provide unemployment benefits and re-employment services to individuals who have become unemployed as a result of a major disaster and who are not eligible for state unemployment insurance (UI).

Disaster Legal Services

The purpose of Disaster Legal Services (DLS) is to provide legal assistance to low‐income individuals who are unable to secure legal services adequate to meet their disaster‐related needs.‪

Disaster Case Management

DCM provides the survivor with a single point of contact to facilitate access to a broad range of resources.

Additional Links on Individual Assistance Programs and Partners:

Infrastructure Branch (Public Assistance)

Workers talk over labor at Sea Bright beach bathhouse construction site. Photo by Rosanna Arias/FEMA.Public Assistance Branch Chief:
Mike Gayrard
Public Assistance Grant Program
The mission of FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) Grant Program is to provide assistance to State, Tribal and local governments, and certain types of Private Non-Profit (PNP) organizations so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President. Through the PA Program, FEMA provides supplemental Federal disaster grant assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities and the facilities of certain PNPs.

Firefighters from Oklahoma, North Carolina, Virginia, and the U.S Fish and Wildlife Department do a burnout operation to contain a fire that eventually burned 350 acres. Since November over 400,000 acres have burned. Bob McMillan/ FEMA Photo Fire Management Assistance Grant Program  

The Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) Program is available to State, Tribal and local governments for the mitigation, management, and control of fires on forests or grasslands, where such destruction would constitute a major disaster.

Additional Links on Infrastructure (Public Assistance) Programs:

Public Assistance Grant Program Process - Step by step description of the PA grant life cycle
Appeal database, equipment rates, cost estimating format, performance goals, funding trends, and other resources
Policy and Guidance - FEMA Publications and the 9500 policies that govern the way Public Assistance is administered.

National Disaster Recovery Framework

A construction worker replaces a traffic light on RT35 in Ortley Beach as part of the rebuilding and recovery process after Hurricane Sandy. Rosanna Arias/FEMA

Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator:
Robert Troy


The National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) was signed in September, 2011 and is designed to maximize support for disaster-impacted States, Tribes and local jurisdictions as they recover from disasters through a flexible, scalable, and more inclusive structure. The NDRF is designed to enable disaster recovery coordinators and managers to operate in a unified and collaborative manner as they work to restore quality of life, rebuild infrastructure, and revitalize economic and environmental vitality in the aftermath of disasters. The ultimate goal is to empower communities to make timely decisions and rebuild in ways that reduce disaster vulnerability and further a sustainable future.


Environmental & Historical Preservation

A statue dedicated to the firefighters who lost their lives in New York City on September 11, 2001, is located at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI). EMI provides advanced training to firefighters and personnel from FEMA. Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA Regional Environmental Officer:
Alessandro Amaglio
To ensure proper stewardship of historic properties and the environment, more than 30 Federal regulations, directives, and legal mandates—in addition to a number of state, territory, tribal, and local laws and codes—have been established to protect these resources. FEMA’s Environmental and Historic Preservation (EHP) team supports efforts to ensure that recovery projects comply with these requirements.
For more information on FEMA’s Office of Environmental and Historic Preservation, including links to relevant laws and other requirements:

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Last Updated: 
06/13/2019 - 13:08