- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA)
- Mitigation Funding Provided through Section 406 of the Stafford Act
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individual Assistance
- Wisconsin Disaster Fund (WDF)
FEMA's Public Assistance Program is guided by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, as amended.
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:
- Upsizing a repetitively washed out culvert
- Replacing a metal culvert with a cement culvert
- Elevating a road surface
- Elevation of equipment and control in a wastewater treatment plant
- Burying of overhead power lines
- Installing gabion baskets, riprap, or geotextile fabric to reduce or control erosion on a steep slope
Section 406 hazard mitigation funding and Section 404 Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding are two distinct programs that can sometimes be used together to more completely fund a hazard mitigation project and promote resilience. Section 406 mitigation funding can be used to restore parts of the facility that were actually damaged by the disaster to provide protection from subsequent events. Section 404 funding can then be used to provide future protection to the undamaged parts of the facility. Leveraging 404 and 406 funds in a concerted effort facilitates project scoping and development while extending the use of limited 404 funds.
Additional information can be found on FEMA’s Section 406 Hazard Mitigation Funding website.
Public Assistance Contact Information:
Public Assistance Resources
- Countywide Per Capita Minimum FY2018 Memo (PDF)
- DNR Fact Sheet (PDF)
- DUNS Number Instructions (PDF)
- FEMA PA Grants Portal User Manual (PDF)
- FEMA PA Program (URL)
- FEMA Public Assistance Grants Portal (URL)
- FEMA Recovery Policy 9526.1: Section 406 Mitigation Funding (PDF)
- FY2018 Wisconsin Public Assistance Administrative Plan (PDF)
- Private Nonprofit (PNP) Facility Questionnaire (PDF)
- Public Assistance Categories of Work Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Public Assistance Mitigation (PDF)
- Public Assistance Procurement Cheat Sheet (PDF)
- SAM Number / CAGE Code (URL)
- Small Business Administration (SBA) Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) Tool (PDF)
- WEM Procurement Resource Guide for Public Assistance (PDF)
- Wisconsin Damage Thresholds by County FY2018 (PDF)
For the State of Wisconsin to qualify an Individual Assistance Declaration, FEMA inspectors would look to confirm 582 (according to CFR 44) homes major damaged or destroyed. In a wind event, major damage to manufactured homes is described as the residence has been displaced from the foundation, block or piers and other structural components have been damaged. Destroyed is the structure is a total loss; frame is bent, twisted or otherwise compromised; missing the roof covering or the structural ribbing has collapsed for the majority of the roof system. For conventionally built homes, major damage is considered partial failure to structural elements of the roof, walls, or foundation. Destroyed is complete failure of two or more major structural components (walls, foundation, or roof) or only foundation remains. To request a federal disaster declaration, the Governor must request FEMA to come to the impacted county or counties and conduct a damage assessment of damaged homes and businesses. A FEMA inspector will determine if the damage is eligible under the federal program. The information gathered from a damage assessment will be provided to the Governor who will then request the President to approve a federal disaster declaration. In an Individual Assistance Declaration the Individual Assistance program provides assistance to individuals and households, which may include:
- Individual and Household Program - FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program (IHP) provides financial and/or direct assistance to eligible applicants. Parts of the program include:
- Housing Assistance includes Temporary Housing such as rental assistance.
- Repair provides financial assistance to help homeowners repair or replace disaster damage to their primary residence not covered by insurance. The assistance is intended to repair the home to a safe and sanitary condition.
- Other Needs Assistance (ONA) provides assistance for medical/dental; assistance with funeral expenses for disaster related death; Child Care for disaster related increase in financial burden for child care; and other miscellaneous items.
- Crisis Counseling – Assists individuals and communities in recovering from the effects of natural and human-caused disaster through the provision of community-based outreach and psycho-educational services.
- Disaster Case Management - A time-limited process that involves a partnership between a case manager and a disaster survivor to develop and carry out a Disaster Recovery Plan.
- Disaster Unemployment Assistance –Purpose is to provide unemployment benefits and reemployment services to individuals who have become unemployed as a result of a Presidential disaster declaration and who are not eligible for regular State Unemployment Insurance.
- Disaster Legal Services – This service is provided for survivors of presidentially declared major disasters only. Disaster legal advice is limited to cases that will not produce a fee.
- Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) – Through D-SNAP, USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is able to quickly offer short-term food assistance benefits to families suffering in the wake of a disaster.
How to ApplyCounty Emergency Management Directors submit the following documents:
- Within 24 hours of an event: Affected counties submit a UDSR (“Uniform Disaster Situation Report”) to WEM, which provides basic information regarding the event.
- Within 30 days of the event: A County Notification Form is submitted to WEM, which lists local jurisdictions seeking WDF reimbursement and their estimated recovery costs.
- The Applicant Request for State Public Assistance.
• Also, a Disaster or Emergency Declaration will need to be submitted, which can be a state, county, or local declaration, as long as it covers the Applicant’s jurisdiction.
- The Local Documentation “Toolkit” which allows the WDF office to interpret what the Applicant is claiming on a cost-by-cost basis. This is only submitted when ALL work is complete and documented.
• All supporting documentation which includes timesheets for labor costs, invoices and cancelled checks for materials and contract work, and other supporting documents as needed.
WDF Contact Information
WDF Resources for County Emergency Managers
- UDSR Form (PDF)
- County Notification Form (Excel download file)
- Damage Thresholds by County FY2018 (PDF)
WDF Resources for Local Applicants
- Applicant Request for State Public Assistance (Word document download file)
- Applicant Documentation Toolkit (Excel download file)
- Wisconsin Disaster Fund Administrative Plan
- Wisconsin Disaster Fund Guidance Video