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Scott Myers,
EMA Director

Daviess County Security Center (more)
101 NE 4th St
Washington, IN 47501
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    (812) 254-5975
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After an emergency and once the immediate danger is over, your continued safety and well-being will depend on your ability to cope with rearranging your life and environment. During the recovery period, you must take care of yourself and your animals to prevent stress-related illnesses and excessive financial burdens. During recovery, you should also consider things to do that would lessen (mitigate) the effects of future disasters.

Individual Assistance (IA)

When disasters take place, the Individuals and Households Program (IHP) provides money and services to people in the disaster area when losses are not covered by insurance and property has been damaged or destroyed.

IHP funded by FEMA is designed to help you with critical expenses that cannot be covered in other ways.

Damage Assessment Procedures for Individual Assistance:

  • Situation is monitored by IDHS/EOC and has close contact with the county EOC
  • Once damaged areas are identified, surveyed and the results reported to IDHS, the county is contacted for a Preliminary Damage Assessment verification survey with the County and State IDHS officials.
  • If enough damages were found and enough damage has been verified in the state to be significant in number County, State and Federal agencies conduct a Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment.
  • FEMA will evaluate the information gathered and verified during the JPDA. If the verified damage and impacts warrant federal assistance the Governor sends letter to the President requesting a disaster declaration based on the JPDA findings.

Public Assistance (PA)

The Public Assistance Program provides supplemental Federal disaster grant assistance for the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities and the facilities of certain Private Non-Profit (PNP) organizations. The Federal share of assistance is not less than 75% of the eligible cost for emergency measures and permanent restoration. The State determines how the non-Federal share (up to 25%) is split with the applicants.