Public Assistance

Public Assistance

About the Program
The Public Assistance (PA) Program provides federal disaster assistance to state and local government organizations for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the permanent restoration or replacement of public facilities that are owned and operated by an eligible organization. Assistance may also be provided to certain private nonprofit organizations that provide services of a governmental nature open to all persons within the community. 

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) administers the PA Program as the grantee for the State of Indiana. Eligible organizations for the program are considered sub grantees. The program reimburses sub grantees for at least 75% of eligible costs that were a result of the disaster.

Emergency Assistance
Upon a declaration of a major disaster or emergency by the president, applicant briefings are conducted by the IDHS Public Assistance Program staff in the designated counties. These applicant briefings provide an overview of the program requirements and a hands-on session to complete the required application forms. 

To apply for assistance, each organization must submit a completed FEMA Form 90-49, Request for Public Assistance form, to IEMA within 30 days of the date of the presidential declaration. Organizations must also complete and submit a State of Indiana, Public Assistance Grant Agreement to IDHS before reimbursement payments can be made. For forms and other information, see the Indiana Public Assistance Program.

EMA Director

Duane Davis (812) 358-6110 email