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Region III: Recovery Division

Mission

The Recovery Division is responsible for managing programs that provide federal assistance to individuals and families and assist communities in recovering as a result of a federal disaster declaration.

Framed by lonely trees stripped of their leaves, four individuals with their backs facing the camera stand in rubble on the exposed floor of a house destroyed by a hurricane. One individual has a FEMA jacket, one has a VDEM jacket. In the distance, you can see more damaged buildings. FEMA Region III and Virginia Department of Emergency Management personnel conducted preliminary damage assesments following a tornado that hit the town of Lynchburg, Virginia in April 2018.
<p>FEMA Region III and Virginia Department of Emergency Management personnel conduct preliminary damage assesments following a tornado that hit the town of Lynchburg, Virginia in April 2018.</p> Download Original

Mike Senycz, Recovery Division Director

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As Recovery Division Director, Michael leads the largest Division in Region 3 with more than 100 regional employees.  The Recovery Division is responsible for several program areas which includes Individual Assistance, Public Assistance, Declaration Processing, and the National Disaster Recovery Framework.  These programs are intended to assist individuals and communities affected by presidentially declared disasters to rebuild, recover, and protect against future hazards. Download Original

As Recovery Division Director, Michael leads the largest Division in Region 3 with more than 100 regional employees.  The Recovery Division is responsible for several program areas which includes Individual Assistance, Public Assistance, Declaration Processing, and the National Disaster Recovery Framework.  These programs are intended to assist individuals and communities affected by presidentially declared disasters to rebuild, recover, and protect against future hazards. 

Michael has been deployed to over 20 federally declared disasters around the country where he has served in leadership roles as the Federal Coordinating Officer, Director of the West Virginia Recovery Office, and Individual Assistance Branch Director.  He previously served as the Region 3 Individual Assistance Branch Chief from 2012-2014 and as the Region 3 Recovery Division Deputy Director from 2014 – 2018.   

Prior to joining FEMA Region 3, Michael managed the closure of the Direct Housing Operation from Hurricane Isabel in Maryland in addition to managing the Recovery Support Center at FEMA Headquarters in response to Hurricane Katrina.  He worked on the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act (PKEMRA) legislation for Individual Assistance and helped institute formaldehyde testing procedures for FEMA temporary housing units.  In response to the 2007 California Wildfires, he deployed as part of a “Tiger Team” and led the first Joint Housing Task Force used for disaster operations.  

Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Bloomsburg University and lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and two children. 

Jimmy Falone, Deputy Director

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Jimmy is focused on improving the delivery of assistance to communities and on supporting the state and local emergency managers who make disaster recovery a reality. Download Original

Jimmy Falone is the Deputy Director of Recovery for FEMA Region III. He was appointed to this position in 2019 and previously served as the Deputy Public Assistance Branch Chief. In these positions, Jimmy has helped to lead recovery efforts throughout the region, overseeing the approval of more than $1 billion dollars in assistance to communities affected by disaster in over 40 presidential declarations. Jimmy remains focused on improving the delivery of assistance to communities and on supporting the state and local emergency managers who make disaster recovery a reality.

Jimmy, his wife Dana, son Augustine and Daughter Olympia reside in Maryland. He is a hobby farmer and amateur carpenter who spends much of his free time restoring a historic farmhouse and attending to bees, chickens, horses, dogs and the family’s garden.

Components

Individual Assistance Branch

The Individual Assistance Branch provides individuals and households with various types of assistance to meet disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other funding sources for recovery.

Individual Disaster assistance includes the Individuals and Households Program (IHP) and Other Needs Assistance (ONA), in addition to other programs.

Individuals and Households Program (IHP)

  • Temporary Housing
  • Lodging Expenses Reimbursement
  • Repair
  • Replacement
  • Permanent or Semi-permanent Housing Construction

Other Needs Assistance (ONA)

ONA may provide assistance for disaster-caused:

  • Child care expenses;
  • Medical / Dental expenses;
  • Funeral / burial expenses;
  • Essential household items (i.e. appliances);
  • Fuel for primary heat source'
  • Damage to an essential vehicle; and
  • other expenses authorized by law.

For more information, please visit the links below.

Public Assistance Branch

FEMA's Public Assistance program provides state and local governmental entities and certain private non-profit organizations with disaster grant assistance for emergency actions and the repair, replacement or restoration of disaster-damaged facilities not covered by insurance or other funding sources for recovery.

Eligible Public Assistance work is classified into the following categories:

Emergency Work

Category A: Debris Removal

Category B: Emergency Protective Measures

Permanent Work

Category C: Roads and bridges

Category D: Water control facilities

Category E: Public buildings and contents

Category F: Public utilities

Category G: Parks, recreational, and other facilities

For additional details visit FEMA’s Public Assistance Homepage or check out the Public Assistance Program Fact sheets.

National Disaster Recovery Framework

FEMA developed the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) to coordinate long term recovery for communities impacted by disasters and to improve coordination between federal agencies in their support to states and communities. Created in line with the vision set forward in Presidential Policy Directive 8, the NDRF is the result of extensive stakeholder input and outreach in all ten FEMA regions and municipalities across the country.

The goal of the NDRF is to help build a more resilient nation – one in which individuals, communities and our economy can better withstand and rapidly recover from disasters.

For information on the NDRF and to hear from FEMA Region III's Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator (FDRC) Kevin Snyder and Community Planning and Capacity Building Coordinator Michelle Diamond, listen to Region III's NDRF podcast.

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Forward Recovery Newsletter - FY2019 Quarter 1October 31, 20180.75M
Forward Recovery Newsletter - FY2018 Quarter 2January 31, 20181.05M

Access and Functional Needs

Each of the 10 FEMA regions is staffed with a Regional Disability Integration Specialist who provides guidance, training, and tools for facilitating disability-inclusive emergency preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation. Regional Disability Integration Specialists work closely with the states to ensure that their disaster planning is inclusive of people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. They work simultaneously with local nonprofit disability groups to reach the disability community encouraging them to participate in federal, state, local, and community emergency planning meetings.

For more information, please contact PJ Mattiacci, Region III's Disability Integration Specialist, at philip.mattiacci@fema.dhs.gov or see Contact Us.

Additional Info:

FEMA's Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC)

FEMA's Work for Accessible Emergency Management

Voluntary Agency Coordination

Voluntary Agency Liaisons (VALs) build relationships between federal, state, and tribal governments and voluntary, faith-based and community organizations. The VAL does this by:

  • Reporting to and from FEMA and other government agencies on programs of voluntary organizations active during disasters;
  • Providing information and guidance to voluntary organizations; and
  • Assisting states in strengthening state Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOADs).

To contact Region III regarding Voluntary Agency Coordination, please contact Region III's VAL Michelle Breeland at lorra.breeland@fema.dhs.gov or see Contact Us.

Additional Info:

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters

Volunteering and Donations Guidance

Resources

Last Updated: 
01/02/2020 - 09:52