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Disaster Assistance Programs

In the aftermath of a large-scale disaster, state and federal assistance may become available to homeowners, business owner, local governments, and other eligible parties.

These programs are primarily funded by the federal government and they are managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with assistance from state and county emergency management organizations. The Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management can assist residents, businesses, and government officials in applying for various assistance programs.

The three primary assistance programs are:

  • Public Assistance (PA) Program- provides reimbursement to state and local governments and eligible Private Non-Profit Organizations (PNP’s) for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair or reconstruction of public facilities. 
  • Individual Assistance (IA) Program- provides grants for disaster-related unmet needs to individuals, families and businesses that have uninsured essential private property damages or losses. 
  • State Disaster Relief Program (SDRP)- implemented at the governor’s discretion when federal assistance criteria are not met. 

The Ohio Emergency Management Agency Disaster Recovery Branch provides training, guidance, and technical assistance regarding disaster assistance programs. For more information on Ohio EMA's Disaster Recovery Branch, visit

For information on FEMA's disaster assistance programs, visit