Issue Brief 16-48
September 28, 2016

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released Draft Individual Assistance Declarations Factors Guidance.  This guidance accompanies a proposed rule published in November 2015 that would revise the factors FEMA considers when evaluating a governor’s request for a major disaster declaration authorizing Individual Assistance. FEMA published the proposed rule to meet the requirements of the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act (P.L. 113-2). Comments on the proposed guidance must be received by October 24, 2016. According to FEMA, “Based on comments received, FEMA may make appropriate revisions to the proposed guidance.”