The Public Assistance (PA) grant program provides assistance to State, Tribal, and local governments and certain types of private non-profit (PNP) organizations so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds the program, which WEM administers in the state. In order to be eligible for a Presidential Disaster Declaration, the event must overwhelm state and local response and recovery efforts, meet countywide damage thresholds ($3.57 per capita) and meet a statewide damage threshold of $8,018,650.00 for the 2016 Fiscal Year. Once approved, FEMA provides no less than 75% reimbursement of eligible documented costs, the State of Wisconsin provides up to 12.5% of eligible documented costs, and the local government, organization or PNP provides the remaining match (usually 12.5%) through the PA Program.
Through the PA Program, FEMA works with the State to provide supplemental Federal disaster grant assistance for seven categories of work that cover emergency work and permanent work.
FEMA's Public Assistance Program is guided by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, as amended
On October 20, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared a Major Disaster (FEMA-4288-WI-DR) for the State of Wisconsin. This declaration makes Federal funding available to state, eligible local governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the September 21 through 22, 2016 severe storms and flooding for the following designated areas: Adams County, Chippewa County, Clark County, Crawford County, Jackson County, Juneau County, La Crosse County, Monroe County, Richland County, and Vernon County.
Request for Public Assistance due to DMAWEMPublicAssistance@wisconsin.gov by NO LATER THAN November 18, 2016 Disaster-Specific Resources:
On August 9, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared a Major Disaster (FEMA-4276-WI-DR) for the State of Wisconsin. This declaration makes Federal funding available to state, eligible local governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the July 11 through 12, 2016 severe storms and flooding for the following designated areas: Ashland County, Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Bayfield County, Burnett County, Douglas County, Florence County, Iron County, Sawyer County, and Washburn County.
FEMA is working with all eligible Applicants who applied for Federal Public Assistance at this time. No additional applications are being accepted for this disaster declaration.
The FEMA PA program provides funding to restore a damaged facility to its pre-disaster design, function, and capacity; however, during the repair work, opportunities to mitigate future damages in cost-effective ways often present themselves. The Section 406 Mitigation Program provides funding to an applicant to reduce potential of future, similar disaster damages. Some examples of this would include:
There are different means to determine cost-effectiveness of particular mitigation measures. FEMA must approve proposed hazard mitigation projects before they can be incorporated. If you would like to include hazard mitigation into an open or future project, please contact our office for more information.
Robyn Wiseman, State Public Assistance Officer