Federal Public Assistance Program
Under the Public Assistance program, FEMA awards grants to assist state, local, tribal and territorial governments and certain private nonprofit organizations with the response to and recovery from disasters. The program provides funding for debris removal, implementation of emergency protective measures and permanent restoration of infrastructure. The program also encourages protection from future damage by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process. The state works with FEMA to manage the program and administer the funding.
For all disasters declared on or after Oct. 1, 2021, the State must have sustained the minimum amount of damage statewide (according to FEMA regulations) of $1.63 per capita, or $5,200,301.47, to qualify for Public Assistance funding.
Once this statewide minimum has been met, then the qualifying amount of damage per capita in each county must reach at least $4.10.
Public Assistance Program Contacts
How to Submit a request for public assistance within emGrants pro
This is a tutorial to provide instructions as to how to submit a Request for Public Assistance within Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s grants management system, EMGrants Pro.
Public Assistance information for Iowa Disasters
Public Assistance Resources
FEMA’s Applicant Fringe Benefit Calculator (FEMA website)
FEMA’s Special Consideration Questions Form (FEMA website)
Public Assistance per capita minimum by county
These amounts are effective October 1, 2021.
|Annual Estimates of the Population for Counties of Iowa|
|Geographic Area||August 12, 2020||Cost necessary to meet threshold|
|Black Hawk County||131,144||$537,690.40|
|Buena Vista County||20,823||$85,374.30|
|Cerro Gordo County||43,127||$176,820.70|
|Des Moines County||38,910||$159,531.00|
|Palo Alto County||8,996||$36,883.60|
|Van Buren County||7,203||$29,532.30|
Public Assistance Info for Disaster 4642 (Dec. 15, 2021)
- Incident Period: December 15, 2021
- Declaration Date: February 23, 2022
- Public Assistance Applicant Briefing (YouTube)
- Public Assistance Applicant Briefing Slide Deck (March 1, 2022)
- Public Assistance Applicant Briefing REC Slide Deck (March 3, 2022)
- Public Assistance Applicant Briefing Part II – Costs for Disasters (YouTube)
- Public Assistance Applicant Briefing Part II – Costs for Disasters Slide Deck (April 12-14, 2022)
- DR-4642 Greensheet
Public Assistance Info for Disaster 4483 (Jan. 20, 2020, and continuing)
Public Assistance Details for Disaster 4483 (COVID-19 Pandemic)
Incident period: Jan. 20, 2020, and continuing
COVID-19 Nationwide Emergency Declaration
Applicant Briefing Schedule (PDF format)
VIDEO and RELATED FILES
- COVID-19 Pandemic: Safe Opening and Operation-September 23, 2021 (PowerPoint slides)
- Public Assistance Policy Updates and Implementation Webinar Slide Deck (PDF format)
COVID-19/FEMA New Interim Policy (YouTube)
In the course of executing your disaster recovery grant, you may encounter previously unknown cultural/historic artifacts. The Office of the State Archaeologist should be contacted if any archaeological deposits (artifacts) are exposed so that they can be investigated and the extent of the site determined.
Additionally, HSEMD and the State Historic Preservation Office must be informed to take proper action. In accordance with the Code of Iowa 263B, if human remains are unintentionally exposed, you must cease work immediately, secure the area, and contact local law enforcement and/or the county medical examiner. If the remains are determined to be ancient (greater than 150 years old), the Office of the State Archaeologist’s Bioarchaeology Program must also be notified.
Office of the State Archaeologist, (319) 384-0732
Bioarchaeology Program, Office of the State Archaeologist, (319) 384-0740
Recovery Division, Iowa Dept. of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, (515) 725-3231
Daniel Higginbottom, State Historic Preservation Office, (515) 281-8744
7900 Hickman Road,
Windsor Heights, IA 50324