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Public Assistance

The Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Public Assistance staff administers two grant programs: the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Grant Program and the State Disaster Relief Program (SDRP). These programs provide assistance to local governments, state agencies, and eligible private non-profit (PNP) organizations to respond to and recover from the extraordinary cost burden of disaster-related activities.

FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Grant Program

The FEMA PA Program provides supplemental Federal disaster grant assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities. The PA Program also encourages the protection of these damaged facilities from future events by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process. The Federal share of assistance is not less than 75% of the eligible cost for emergency measures and permanent restoration from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President.


State Disaster Relief Program (SDRP)

The SDRP is implemented at the governor’s discretion when federal assistance is not available. Local governments and eligible non-profit organizations must apply, through a written letter of intent, to the program within 14 days of the Program being made available. The supplemental assistance is cost-shared between Ohio EMA and the applicant.