ASSISTANCE FOR INDIVIDUALS
Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security is committed to assisting individuals and families recover from disasters leveraging local, state, and federal resources as appropriate. 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.
Assistance from FEMA
In order to qualify for disaster assistance for individuals from FEMA, Franklin County must be covered by a Presidential disaster declaration and your losses must have occurred here. Secondly, if you have insurance, you must file a claim with your insurance company. See FEMA’s website for additional information on this program: www.fema.gov/individual-disaster-assistance.
State of Ohio Individual Assistance Program
The State Individual Assistance (IA) Program is designed to provide grants for disaster-related unmet needs to individuals and families that have uninsured essential private property damages or losses. The disaster must be declared by local government(s), the Governor and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and would not be declared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Please see The Ohio Emergency Management Agency’s website for additional information: ema.ohio.gov/Recovery_IA.aspx.
Small Business Administration Disaster Loans
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) can make federally subsidized loans to repair or replace homes, personal property that sustained damages not covered by insurance. The Small Business Administration can provide disaster home loans to qualified applicants.
SBA Home Disaster Loans are applicable to homeowners and renters to repair or replace disaster-related damages to home or personal property. For many individuals, the SBA disaster loan program is the primary form of disaster assistance. Click to learn how to apply for SBA disaster loan assistance.