Disaster Recovery: A Strategic Overview of the Public Assistance Process

MGT481 – 4.00 Hours


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08/07/24 – 08/07/24 Renton, WA EU MGT481 31 Register
09/17/24 – 09/17/24 Oak Forest, IL EU MGT481 43 Register
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10/02/24 – 10/02/24 Conroe, TX EU MGT481 40 Register
11/12/24 – 11/12/24 Tallahassee, FL EU MGT481 37 Register

This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received confirmation of the class prior to the class start, please contact the division at (800) 723-3811 or (800) SAFE-811 or [email protected] to get the latest schedule.

Course Description

us flagThis Disaster Recovery course provides a strategic overview of the FEMA Public Assistance Process that is essential to disaster recovery for local communities. The FEMA Public Assistance Process provides funding for local  governments and eligible Private Non-Profit organizations to conduct effective long-term recovery. Unfortunately, many jurisdictions do not have a good understanding of this process and thereby fail to obtain, and retain, all the recovery revenue the community is eligible for. This course will provide senior leaders and staff planners with the key elements, milestones, and pitfalls to avoid when guiding a local jurisdictions recovery plans and operations.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Completion Requirements

FEMA Student ID Requirement

Prior to course delivery, the hosting jurisdiction for the class shall inform all participants of the FEMA requirement to establish a FEMA Student Identification Number (SID). This can be accomplished by registering at FEMA’s website. Participants will be asked to provide their SID when they arrive and complete the registration process for the course.

Participant Must Provide

  • a photo identification on the first day of class. See the Participant Handbook for approved forms of identification and additional guidelines.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance is crucial in order to receive credit for this course. All participants must complete registration prior to the beginning of the course, sign the attendance roster for each day of the course, attend 80% of the course hours, and complete the evaluation at the end of the course in order to receive a certificate of completion.

Disaster Recovery Awareness (AWR408-W) Online Course (1 hour)

Upon successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Identify key elements of the pre-disaster recovery planning process.
  • Identify the Federal disaster recovery Public Assistance process and grant programs provided under the Stafford Act.
  • Identify key elements of the initial stages within the FEMA Public Assistance process.
  • Discuss key considerations in the Public Assistance funding, procurement, and contracting process.

Suggested Audience

This is a management-level course designed for senior officials and community leaders who may be called upon to make critical recovery decisions prior to and/or during a disaster. This includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Senior elected officials at the city, county, regional, and/or state levels of government
  • Leadership and/or department heads from the following:
    • City manager’s office
    • Finance office
    • Emergency management
    • Fire
    • Law
    • Emergency Medical Service (EMS)
    • Hazardous Materials (HazMat)
    • Public works
    • Water-Public health
    • Healthcare
    • Parks and recreation
    • Planning and development services
    • Governmental administrative disciplines/services
  • Public Information Officers (PIOs)
  • CEOs/Representatives from public and private healthcare facilities
  • College and university emergency managers
  • Airport and port facility managers
  • Stadium and sports facility managers and directors of security
  • Directors of NGOs and other private-sector organizations