Government entities and certain private-non-profits are eligible to receive assistance to recover funds used while responding to disasters. Grants can also be sought to help make repairs to roads, infrastructure, and public facilities. If you have been impacted by a disaster and are in a life threatening situation, please call 9-1-1. If you have unmet needs of another nature, please contact us at 614-794-0213.

In order for Franklin County government entities and eligible private-non-profits to qualify for federal disaster recovery assistance, Franklin County must be under a Presidentially Declared Disaster. The State of Ohio may offer some assistance when federal criteria are not met, however the State Disaster Relief Program is at the discretion of the Governor’s Office.

FEMA Public Assistance Program

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program provides supplemental federal disaster grant assistance for debris removal; emergency protective measures; and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities and the facilities of certain private nonprofit 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% of the eligible cost for emergency measures and permanent restoration from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President.
Please log in to your account in the Emergency Partner Portal for details and to download the forms necessary.

State Disaster Relief Program

The State Disaster Relief Program (SDRP) is implemented at the Governor’s discretion, when federal assistance criteria are not met. Local governments and eligible private nonprofit organizations must apply to the program through a written letter of intent within 14 days of the incident. Eligible assistance mirrors the FEMA PA Program. The supplemental assistance is cost-shared between the state and the applicant and the cost share varies depending on the type of natural disaster (50/50 for snow emergencies and 75/25 for all other natural disasters). For snow events, only those entities included in a gubernatorial declaration are eligible to apply. In addition, in order to be eligible for reimbursement, the applicant’s expenditures must exceed ½ of 1 percent of their total annual budget.

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