Be Ready for the Next Disaster - and the Public Assistance Process!

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...a devastated community will arrive in a timely manner. FEMA and state PA personnel will coordinate efforts with the authorized representative of the eligible applicant or “sub grantee” via a kickoff meeting to jumpstart the process. These PA personnel will likely be working with various department supervisors and other personnel to conduct site visits of damaged areas and subsequently develop Project Worksheets (PW) that are the formal grant requests for funds.

Advance knowledge of the PA Program can go a long way in expediting the process. However, a thorough understanding is usually lacking. Local officials have enough on their plate meeting the demands of their everyday duties. Becoming proficient in the PA Program is not always a priority to department heads and supervisors. That being said, there are standard operating procedures (SOPs) that local government departments can adopt and implement in preparation for a disaster. These SOPs will help expedite the PA process and secure funds when FEMA arrives following a disaster declaration.

Affected Departments

Many departments within a government entity will be affected by a disaster. Let’s identify some of the most likely.

“The Public Assistance Program is complicated and it includes guidelines to insure that the funding needed by a devastated community will arrive in a timely manner.”

“… there are standard operating procedures (SOPs) that local government departments can adopt and implement in preparation for a disaster.”


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