Public Assistance (PA)


Disaster grant assistance available for communities to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President. Public Assistance reimburses local governments and certain private non-profit organizations for removing disaster-generated debris, the cost of preparing for and responding to the disaster and repairing or replacing eligible infrastructure including roads, bridges, buildings and utilities. FEMA obligates funding for these projects directly to Puerto Rico. It is divided into the following categories:

Emergency Work
Category A: Debris removal
Category B: Emergency protective measures

Permanent Work
Category C: Roads and bridges
Category D: Water control facilities
Category E: Public buildings and contents
Category F: Public utilities
Category G: Parks, recreational, and other facilities

Administrative costs
Category Z: Direct administrative costs