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Help After a Disaster

The "Help after a Disaster" brochure is available, this replaces the previous booklet.  In addition, each registrant for Individual Assistance receives a letter explaining FEMA’s Individuals and Households program. 

Help after a Disaster

The Help after a Disaster; FEMA Individual Assistance Can Help You Recover brochure is available in English and Spanish.

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 for some categories of assistance.  The Stafford Act provides that FEMA may adjust this cap annually to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index.

The Individual Assistance Program and Policy Guide (IAPPG) consolidates policy statements for all Individual Assistance (IA) programs, including the Individuals and Households Program, the Mass Care and Emergency Assistance programs, and the Community Services programs.

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: 
01/03/2020 - 10:23