Individuals seeking disaster assistance should refer to the Individual Assistance Section.
|The Public Assistance Section provides assistance to state agencies, local governments, special districts and eligible private non-profit organizations that have been impacted by a disaster in order to achieve a safer future for all California communities. The Public Assistance Section ensures that state and federal support are provided to applicants in an efficient and timely manner to assist in recovery from a major disaster or emergency.|
The Disaster Process
A Disaster Declaration usually follows these steps after a disaster event occurs:
Local Government responds to the local emergency, supplemented by neighboring communities and volunteer agencies. If the local government is unable to adequately respond to the emergency, they turn to the state for assistance.
The Local Government declares an Emergency Proclamation, which allows the state to respond with aid to the emergency.
The State responds with state resources, such as the National Guard and state agencies.
A Preliminary Damage Assessment is made by local, state, federal, and volunteer organizations to determine losses and recovery needs.
If necessary, a State Disaster Declaration is declared by the governor, based on the damage assessment, and an agreement to commit state funds and resources to the long-term recovery.
If the disaster is large enough, the Governor will request federal assistance. FEMA Evaluates the request and recommends an action to the White House based on the disaster, the local community and the state's ability to recover.
The President approves the request or FEMA informs the governor it has been denied. This decision process could take a few hours or several weeks depending on the nature of the disaster.
Recovery efforts begin in conjunction with federal, state and local agencies.
Emergency Proclamations - A quick reference guide for local government.
Programs available to state agencies, local governments, special districts and eligible private non-profit organizations
California Disaster Assistance Act (CDAA) - CDAA provides state financial assistance for recovery efforts to cities and/or counties and special districts after a state disaster has been declared.
Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) - EMAC provides California with the ability to assist other states with disaster relief efforts.
Federal Disaster Assistance - Federal financial assistance for recovery efforts is made available to cities, counties, state agencies and eligible private non-profits after a federal disaster has been declared.
Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) - Federal financial assistance is provided for emergency response and debris removal for federally declared fires.
Laws and Regulations