FEMA seeks feedback on updated Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide


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Brett Mattson

Legislative Director – Justice & Public Safety | Gulf States Counties & Parishes Caucus
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Key Takeaways

FEMA is inviting county leaders to provide feedback on the newly updated Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide (PAPPG) Version 5. This public comment period opened on June 18, 2024, and closes on August 19, 2024.

The PAPPG Version 5 aims to:

  • Increase assistance eligibility
  • Streamline and simplify processes
  • Enhance accessibility 
  • Support community resilience

Key updates include allowing applicants to submit cost summaries for projects instead of detailed itemized costs and reducing documentation requirements by grouping projects with similar damage.

County stakeholders are encouraged to review the guide and submit comments via the Federal Register Portal and FEMA.gov. The feedback collected during this period will help shape the final version of the guide, ensuring it meets the needs of all stakeholders.

Read the PAPPG Submit Comments

Impact on counties

Counties are on the front lines of disaster response and recovery efforts. The PAPPG Version 5 directly impacts how counties navigate FEMA's Public Assistance program, ensuring smoother and more efficient recovery processes for their communities. By providing feedback during this public comment period, NACo and county leaders can help shape policies that better meet the unique needs of our communities. 

Informational webinar

To help stakeholders understand these updates and encourage participation, FEMA is hosting four informational webinars. These sessions will provide a comprehensive overview of the changes and offer a platform for participants to ask questions. Webinars are open to all, with specific sessions available in Spanish and targeted consultations for Tribal Nations. Advanced registration is not required.

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