FEMA has several programs that can easily be misunderstood by the public. For example, the Public Assistance which can be confused with the Individual Assistance program that is available to those individual residents that have suffered loss or damage.
The public assistance program is the federal disaster aid available to help state, local, tribal and certain non-profits to cover costs and damages incurred during this tornado disaster.
An example of Private Non-Profits might include museums, performing arts centers, community arts centers, zoos, community center, libraries, homeless shelters, low income housing, senior citizen centers, facilities offering food programs for the needy, daycare centers, etc.
Eligible facilities could include Utilities such as power, water, sewer. Communications facilities such as telephone exchanges, dispatch centers, schools, emergency medical care facilities such as hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, fire and police and other emergency management facilities.
The program covers several different types of work including emergency work and permanent work on critical facilities and emergency work and separately permanent work on non-critical facilities.
The main features of the Public Assistance Program are compensating debris removal, emergency protective measures taken during the emergency and permanent restoration work.
One of the most common types of work that is compensated is covering overtime for debris removal and emergency protective measures for those eligible entities.
The program is a partnership between FEMA and state and local governments.