Agency: Department of Homeland Security
The United States Department of Education (ED) is working with other federal agencies, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to ensure continuation of critical services to students, families, and educators and the restoration of the learning environment.
Disaster Distress Helpline
- 1-800-985-5990 or
Text TalkWithUs to 66746
- TTY for Deaf/Hearing Impaired: 1-800-846-8517
- Spanish-speakers text messaging: Hablanos to 66746
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Public Assistance: Local, State, Tribal and Private Non-Profit
FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) grant program provides federal assistance to government organizations and certain private nonprofit (PNP) organizations following a Presidential disaster declaration. Disaster survivors who need information on grant programs for individual homeowners and renters should visit FEMA’s Individual Assistance page.
PA provides grants to state, tribal, territorial, and local governments, and certain types of PNP organizations so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies.
Through the program, FEMA provides supplemental federal disaster grant assistance for debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged publicly-owned facilities, and the facilities of certain PNP organizations. The PA program also encourages protection of these damaged facilities from future events by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process.
The federal share of assistance is not less than 75 percent of the eligible cost. The Recipient (usually the state) determines how the non-federal share (up to 25 percent) is split with the sub-recipients (eligible applicants).
Public Assistance Policy Guidance
Last Updated: September 21, 2017