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ODPS Ohio Emergency Management Agency Assistance Toolbox

Assistance Toolbox

This guidance, Assistance Toolbox, has been a goal for the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) for a long time. The Toolbox has been developed to provide information for County EMA Directors, local governments and Ohio EMA personnel to effectively accomplish response and recovery activities. The Toolbox is a comprehensive compilation of information, guidance, fact sheets, etc. developed to demystify disaster response and recovery activities following the occurrence of a locally declared disaster.

The Assistance Toolbox has been designed to identify the sequence of events following a disaster and critical actions that will occur; address the damage assessment process, including forms to use to report damages; guidance for requesting supplemental assistance for private (Individual Assistance) and public damages (Public Assessment) from the state and federal government; and a brief description of key activities associated with FEMA’s IA, PA and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) following a presidential disaster declaration and primary functions in FEMA’s Joint Field Office (JFO).

This guidance has been intentionally designed to be copied, distributed and shared with any audience and the reproduction and use of this information does not require pre-approval by Ohio EMA. However, the Toolbox has not been designed to replace or substitute training provided by Ohio EMA Recovery, Damage Assessment and Debris Management courses.

This information is current and accurate at this time. This is a living document; it will be reviewed annually in June by Ohio EMA staff. Following the annual review, updates will be provided at the Fall Director’s Seminar. However, if there is significant change to policy or procedure by FEMA or the State before the Fall Director’s Seminar, the guidance and/or information will be provided immediately. We need this guidance to be effective for all our partners and customers. Please review this guidance and provide written comments and recommendations to the Ohio EMA Disaster Recovery Branch (DRB). Please contact DRB at 614-799-3671 if you have questions.

Public Assistance Damage Assessment Field Guide


Introduction and Table of Contents - Acrobat format | Word format
Tab A - Sequence of Events - Acrobat format | Word format
Tab B - Reporting Damages (Forms) - Acrobat format | Word format
Tab C - Individual Assistance - Acrobat format | Word format
Tab D - State Disaster Housing Strategy - Acrobat format | Word format
Tab E - Public Assistance - Acrobat format | Word format
Tab F - Mitigation - Acrobat format | Word format
Tab G - Terms, Definitions, Acronyms - Acrobat format | Word format

Tab B - Fillable forms:
Damage and Needs Assessment
Preliminary Damage Assessment Individual Assistance
Site Estimate Form Public Assistance