Public Assistance

Public Assistance Division

The Public Assistance Division provides assistance to state agencies, local governments, special districts and eligible private non-profit organizations impacted by a disaster in order to achieve a safer future for all California communities. The Public Assistance Division ensures state and federal support is provided to applicants in an efficient and timely manner in order to assist in recovery from a major disaster or emergency.

Individuals seeking disaster assistance should refer to Recovery’s Individual Assistance Section

​State and Federally Funded Disaster Assistance Programs

California Disaster Assistance Act

CDAA provides state financial assistance for recovery efforts to cities and/or counties, and certain private nonprofit organizations special districts after a state disaster has been declared.

COVID-19 Assistance

COVID-19 assistance is provided to state agencies, local governments, special districts and Indian Tribal Governments for coronavirus pandemic response and recovery.

Federal Disaster Assistance

Federal financial assistance for recovery efforts is made available to cities, counties, state agencies and eligible private non-profits after a federal disaster has been declared.

Fire Management Assistance Grant

Federal financial assistance is provided to state agencies, local governments, special districts and Indian Tribal Governments for emergency response and fire suppression activities for federally declared fires.

Applicants’ Briefings

Applicants’ Briefings provide potential applicants with basic information to assist them in their efforts to understand the requirements associated with applying for Public Assistance due to a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) declaration, under the California Disaster Assistance Act (CDAA) or under a Presidential Emergency Declaration. These briefings cover topics such as: application processing, eligibility requirements, cost documentation guidance, record keeping, audit requirements, and deadline dates.


*Please see Scheduled Applicants’ Briefings below for briefing details. 



Register or Login to FEMA Grants Portal

Applicants must set up an account and submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA)

YouTube Training Videos for FEMA Grants Portal

View the official FEMA PA Grants Portal Grants Manager YouTube Channel

Scheduled Applicants' Briefings

View the complete list of briefings currently scheduled for various emergency declarations

Public Assistance Forms, Documents, and Reference Materials

All materials mentioned in the Applicants’ Briefings can be found here


For any questions regarding your Public Assistance (PA), California Disaster Assistance Act (CDAA), Coronavirus Assistance (COVID-19), or Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) payments, please direct questions or concerns to the Public Assistance Financial Processing Unit at (916) 845-8110 or

Contact Us



Coastal Region

Office: (916) 767-1771
Email: TBD

 Nicholas Vaquero

Nicholas Vaquero

Southern Region

Office: (916) 531-5906

Peter Crase

Peter Crase

Inland Region

Office: (916) 845-8203

Fan Jia

Fan Jia

Statewide Recovery Unit

Office: (916) 758-1771

Public Assistance Region List

Coastal Region

  • Alameda
  • Contra Costa
  • Del Norte
  • Humboldt
  • Lake
  • Marin
  • Mendocino
  • Monterey
  • Napa
  • San Benito
  • San Francisco
  • San Mateo
  • Santa Clara
  • Santa Cruz
  • Solano
  • Sonoma

Inland Region

  • Alpine
  • Amador
  • Butte
  • Calaveras
  • Colusa
  • El Dorado
  • Fresno
  • Glenn
  • Kern
  • Kings
  • Lassen
  • Madera
  • Mariposa
  • Merced
  • Modoc
  • Nevada
  • Placer
  • Plumas
  • Sacramento
  • San Joaquin
  • Shasta
  • Sierra
  • Siskiyou
  • Stanislaus
  • Sutter
  • Tehama
  • Trinity
  • Tulare
  • Tuolumne
  • Yolo
  • Yuba

Southern Region

  • Imperial
  • Inyo
  • Los Angeles
  • Mono
  • Orange
  • Riverside
  • San Bernardino
  • San Diego
  • San Luis Obispo
  • Santa Barbara
  • Ventura

Technical Assistance

For questions and other Public Assistance related inquiries, please send an email to or call (916) 845-8200.