Public Assistance Program


What is the Public Assistance Program

The Public Assistance Program provides supplemental financial assistance to State, local governments and certain private, non-profit organizations for response and recovery activities as a result of a Presidentially-declared disaster.  

The Public Assistance Program provides Federal grant assistance for the repair, replacement or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned and uninsured facilities. This grant funding is provided at a 75% Federal/25% applicant grant share formula.


Maryland-PA_Admin_Plan-2014.pdfPublic Assistance State Administrative Plan 
Eligibility Summary

What is Damage Assessment?

Damage assessment is a mechanism used to determine the impact and magnitude of damage and the resulting unmet needs of individuals, businesses, the public sector, and the community as a whole.  Information collected is used by the State as a basis for the Governor's request, and by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to document the recommendation made to the President in response to the Governor's request.  The accuracy, consistency, and completeness of the damage assessment process is critical as it is the primary tool used to determine whether Federal assistance will be made available.



Public Assistance Resources

Public Assistance Program Declaration​