The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the state of Oregon will be implementing a new process to handle disaster assistance applications made by state, tribal, territorial and local governments and certain private non-profits during FEMA-4258-DR in Oregon under the FEMA Public Assistance program. This new process, which does not affect applicant eligibility or potential grant funds, is part of FEMA’s Public Assistance transformation effort designed to evaluate how the agency is able to better provide assistance following a disaster.
Currently, FEMA processes all disaster applicants from state, tribal, territorial and local governments and certain private non-profits the exact same way, regardless of size or complexity of the project. This new process will divide public assistance projects into three different work streams based on whether or not the work has already been completed, work complexity, eliminating unnecessary reviews and collecting more relevant information for each project. This will allow FEMA to process project worksheets more efficiently and in turn provide assistance to applicants more effectively. The majority of changes encompassed in this new process are internal processes to FEMA and Oregon that may be transparent to the applicant.
Applicants interested in receiving assistance from FEMA should apply by completing a Request for Public Assistance and submitting it to the state of Oregon. Additionally, Oregon will be scheduling applicant’s briefings to provide more information about the program and the new process to local communities. In the interim, attached is a Frequently Asked Questions document to help provide information on what this new process means for applicants.
Oregon is the first state selected as a part of the phased implementation of the new PA Program Delivery Model. Additional states will be selected in this phased implementation based upon specific criteria, including size of the disaster and categories of damage.