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FEMA Simplifies Public Assistance Program Procedures, Requirements

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued an updated policy that simplifies procedures and documentation requirements for the public assistance (PA) program to support rapid recovery for applicants.  

FEMA will hold webinars from Jan. 31-Feb. 2 on the updated PA policy. Registration is required

The policy reduces the processes that prevent providers from devoting time to their patients, supports equitable delivery of assistance to underserved communities, and enables communities to recover more quickly after presidentially declared events.  

The policy also defines FEMA’s requirements for funding small projects. It applies to all public assistance projects under $1 million that stem from major disasters, as well as emergencies declared on or after the date of issuance.  

Under the updated policy, FEMA will accept estimates with summary information and the applicant’s certifications for damage and work, instead of requiring applicants to provide full or detailed documentation.