The DHSEM Recovery Section leads the state recovery process.  This includes coordinating the federal disaster declaration process with other members of DHSEM, other state agencies, FEMA and the impacted local jurisdictions.

The section also leads the Colorado State Recovery Task Force as a collaborative effort between state agencies to ensure an organized, coordinated approach to disaster recovery. 


Federal Disaster Assistance Programs

DHSEM works with multiple federal agencies to provide assistance to communities following a disaster or large scale emergency.  The FEMA assistance may be triggered when impact indicators are met and documented. In 2023 the FEMA Statewide Indicator is approximately $10.2 million.   These programs include:

  • FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Grant Funding is a reimbursement program that is available to state, tribal, territorial, local governments and certain types of private non-profit organizations.
    • Reimbursement is an allocation of 75 percent federal share and 25 percent non federal share for all eligible costs. 
    • Eligible Types of Work
      • Emergency Work including debris removal or emergency protective measures
      • Permanent Work that must be completed within 18 months
        • Roads and Bridges
        • Water Control Facilities 
        • Public Buildings and Equipment
        • Public Utilities
        • Parks, Recreational and Other Facilities
    • FEMA PA Process and Flow Charts
  • FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) Program
    • Individual Assistance is limited helping make individuals safe and secure. It is not designed to make a person whole or replace property insurance. 
    • FEMA Individuals and Households Program (IHP) may provide assistance for people who are uninsured or underinsured.  IHP assistance may include:
    • Other FEMA IA Programs include
      • Mass Care / Emergency Services
      • Disaster  Case Management
      • Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program
      • Disaster Legal Services
      • Disaster Unemployment Assistance
      • Voluntary Agency Coordination
  • U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance Program
    • U.S. SBA provides low interest rate loans in declared disaster areas affected by declared disasters, including civil unrest and natural disasters such as hurricanes, flooding, and wildfires..
    • Eligible Applicants: 
      • Businesses of all sizes,
      • Private nonprofit organizations,
      • Homeowners, and
      • Renters
    • Types of Loans
      • Physical Damage Loans
      • Mitigation Assistance
      • Economic Injury Disaster Loans
      • Military Reservist Loans

Community Preparedness Programs After a Disaster