Disaster Recovery

Debris Management Emergency Authorization for the August 28, 2020 Storm


Disaster Recovery is the process of restoring communities after an all-hazards disaster event. Disasters impact businesses,individuals and governments alike and dependent upon the scope of a disaster require comprehensive and collaborative efforts between government and private-non-profit partners to enhance the recovery effort. The Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security combines both planning and management of disaster aid in its recovery strategy.

DEMHS maintains a Disaster Recovery unit and a Hazard Mitigation unit that works with the Community Preparedness and All-Hazards Planning units to facilitate preliminary damage assessments and Presidential Declaration requests, and then coordinates any federal Public Assistance, Individual Assistance, and Hazard Mitigation disaster relief and mitigation funds for state, local, and special district governments, as well as eligible private, non-profit organizations and individuals.

Disaster Recovery Planning

Disaster recovery planning occurs at all levels of government: Federally, Statewide, Regionally, and Locally. Disaster recovery planning is most beneficial prior to a disaster event and includes the members from the whole community. The following is a partial list of primary disaster recovery plans; additional plans are available in the Plans and Publications Directory:

Disaster Recovery Programs

Federal Disaster Recovery Programs

FEMA Public Assistance (PA)

FEMA's Public Assistance (PA) grant program provides federal assistance to government organizations and certain private nonprofit (PNP) organizations following a Presidential disaster declaration.

FEMA Individual Assistance (IA)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Individuals and Households Program (IHP) provides financial help or direct services to those who have necessary expenses and serious needs if they are unable to meet these needs through other means. Available forms of help may include:

  • Housing Assistance (including Temporary Housing, Repair, Replacement, and Semi-Permanent or Permanent Housing Construction) and
  • Other Needs Assistance (including personal property and other items)

Small Business Administration Disaster Recovery Loans

SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters. SBA disaster loans can be used to repair or replace the following items damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster: real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, and inventory and business assets.

Disaster Recovery Resources