The Recovery Division's mission is to support communities in rebuilding so individuals, civic institutions, businesses and governmental organizations can return to self-sustainability, normalcy and protect against future hazards.
What We Do
FEMA’s recovery mission is executed through a combination of programs and functions that provide direct and indirect support. Functions include the Stafford Act Declaration process, recovery planning, and implementing programs to assist both individuals and local governments impacted by disasters. The Recovery Division manages and implements programs such as Individual Assistance and Public Assistance. The Division is also responsible for managing Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams, Preliminary Damage Assessments and Disaster Declaration Processing.
The Stafford Act provides the statutory authority by which the Federal government provides disaster and emergency assistance to enable communities to recover. Under the Stafford Act, FEMA coordinates the Federal response, working to support and supplement the efforts and capabilities of Tribal, State and local governments, eligible non-profit organizations and individuals affected by a declared major disaster or emergency.
The success of recovery is dependent on coordinated efforts and initiatives between State, Tribal and local governments; private sector, non-governmental organizations, FEMA and other Federal partners.
Disaster Survivor Assistance
Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams are a professional “force multiplier” that support Federal, State, local, Tribal and Territorial communities in the field. DSA teams provide on-site registration, applicant status checks, expedited delivery of disaster assistance and on-the-spot needs assessments. DSA teams quickly deploy in advance of (or immediately following) a disaster declaration.
DSA’s mission is to build and sustain an expeditionary workforce that can address disaster survivor’s immediate needs by:
- Establishing a timely presence;
- Providing in-person, tailored information and services;
- Providing referrals to Whole Community partners as needed;
- Collecting targeted information to support decision-making, and
- Identifying public information needs so critical messages can be prepared and distributed.
Learn more about the Disaster Survivor Assistance Program.
Individual Assistance (IA) ensures that disaster survivors have prompt, equal access to a full range of programs and services to expedite and simplify their recovery. IA works through coordination of assistance and partnerships among Federal, Tribal, State, local, Territorial governments; voluntary and non-governmental agencies; and the private sector.
IA functions include:
- Mass Care/Emergency Assistance: Feeding, sheltering, clothing, medical assistance and reunification of households.
- Housing: FEMA disaster housing assistance may be provided as financial aid or direct housing assistance. Temporary housing assistance includes financial assistance to rent alternate housing, repair and replacement assistance, direct assistance (typically in the form of manufactured housing) and semi-permanent and permanent construction.
- Human Services: FEMA coordinates individual, household, and community services recovery programs. These recovery programs provide for:
- Other Needs Assistance: To repair/replace personal property and pay for transportation, medical, assistive, dental and funeral expenses
- Disaster Unemployment Assistance
- Crisis Counseling Program
- Disaster Legal Services
Learn more about FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program.
Public Assistance (PA) helps communities recover from the devastating effects of disasters by implementing a survivor-centric approach through technical assistance and financial grants. PA provides federal disaster grants from the Disaster Relief Fund to eligible Tribal, State, local and territorial governments, as well as certain nonprofit organizations. The grants can help fund emergency protective measures; debris removal; and the repair, replacement, or restoration of eligible facilities and infrastructure damaged by the disaster.
Learn more about FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.
- Apply for Disaster Assistance
- The Stafford Act
- Disaster Declaration Process
- Sandy Recovery Improvement Act
- Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide
- Public Assistance Alternative Procedures (PAAP)
- New Public Assistance Delivery Model
- Tribal Declarations Pilot Guidance
- Recovery Directorate Homepage
- Hurricane Sandy Recovery
Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) Meetings
- The New York City VOAD (NYCVOAD) General Meeting occurs the second Wednesday of every odd month in the calendar year.
- The NYCVOAD Board meeting (invitation only) occurs the second Wednesday of every even month in the calendar year.
New York, NY 10011
- Ms.Claude Hyacinthe, Director, Recovery Division.