"Despite our increased efforts in mitigation under our Project Impact: Building a Disaster Resistant Community initiative and advanced technology in warnings, disasters still happen. When natural disasters occur, it is the responsibility of the local community and then the State to respond. When their combined efforts are not sufficient to effectively cope with the direct results of the disaster, Federal assistance is available to supplement the State and local efforts. The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Public Law 93-288, as amended, (Stafford Act) was designed to do this. The Stafford Act authorizes the President to provide assistance to individuals (Individual Assistance) and to State and local governments as well as certain Private Non-Profit organizations (Public Assistance) to help them respond to and recover from a disaster This Applicant Handbook is one initiative developed under the Process component of the program. The Handbook describes how applicants (our customers) apply for assistance under the Public Assistance Program. We believe that the Handbook is a useful tool. By following the procedures outlined in the Handbook, applicants can help us deliver assistance to them in an efficient and effective manner."
Connecting Communities: http://transit-safety.volpe.dot.gov/training/Archived/EPSSeminarReg/CD/index.htm