FEMA Releases Individuals and Households Program Unified Guidance

On October 4, 2016 FEMA released the Individuals and Households Program Unified Guidance (IHPUG). The IHPUG clarifies FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program (IHP) by streamlining and simplifying information about disaster services for individuals and communities, to help state, local and tribal officials better serve disaster survivors through a clear understanding of disaster programs.


The IHP provides financial help or directs services to those who have necessary expenses and serious needs if they are unable to meet those needs through other means.  The IHPUG compiles FEMA policy for each type of assistance under IHP into one comprehensive document and is intended to serve as a resource for state, territorial, tribal governments, and other entities who assist disaster survivors with post-disaster recovery.


The IHPUG consolidates all stand-alone policies and policy statements currently located in FEMA documents and standard operating procedures. It catalogs lessons learned from disaster operations and FEMA’s decisions as they relate to the IHP and increases transparency by clarifying past practices. The IHPUG does not replace standard operating procedures and internal job aids that FEMA staff will continue to use, rather these documents have been updated to conform to the IHPUG. Changes and updates to FEMA policy detailed in the IHPUG address previous policy gaps, align policy with current regulations, and ensure consistent delivery of all forms of assistance offered through IHP. The IHPUG may be found at www.fema.gov/IHP-Unified- Guidance and on the Federal Register.



If you have any questions, please contact FEMA’s Intergovernmental Affairs Division at (202) 646-3444 or at FEMA-IGA@fema.dhs.gov.


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