Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program

The mission of the FEMA PA Program is to aid state, local, and tribal governments, and certain types of private nonprofit (PNP) organizations, so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President. Through the PA Program, FEMA provides supplemental Federal grant assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities, and specific facilities of certain PNP organizations. The PA Program also encourages protection of these damaged facilities from future incidents by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures. FEMA funds the PA Program which WEM administers in the state. To be eligible for a Presidential Disaster Declaration, the event must overwhelm the state and local response and recovery efforts, meet countywide damage thresholds, and meet a statewide damage threshold. Once approved by the President, FEMA provides no less than 75% reimbursement of eligible documented costs, the State of Wisconsin provides up to 12.5% reimbursement, and the local jurisdiction would be responsible for the remaining amount.

FEMA’s Public Assistance Program is guided by the  Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, as amended.

Questions about the FEMA PA Program can be directed to the WEM Public Assistance Recovery Section at  DMAWEMPublicAssistance@widma.gov