The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency's Public Assistance Division is responsible for administering the millions of federal dollars that communities are eligible for in the wake of disasters. The division works closely with local governments to ensure that reconstruction and rebuilding programs are completed to reduce the risk of future losses.

COVID-19 Public Assistance Announcement

FEMA has made changes to FEMA Policy FP-104-21-0003, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Safe Opening and Operation Work Eligible for Public Assistance (Interim) to allow applicants to claim costs incurred beginning January 20, 2020 for opening and operating activities of eligible facilities. Activities that may be eligible for assistance include disinfection, PPE, temporary barriers, COVID-19 diagnostic testing, social distancing signage, such as flyers or floor decals, and screening and temperature scanning related to the opening and operating of eligible facilities in response to COVID-19.

  • If you have already claimed these costs, we will be reaching out to you to discuss next steps, or feel free to contact Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency’s (GEMA/HS) Public Assistance department for more details.
  • If you would like to submit a new claim, please submit a project application via the PA Grants Portal or
  • If you have questions about what may be eligible or past projects, please contact Mrs. Tara Teuta, GEMA/HS - PA Deputy Manager – [email protected].

GEMA/HS’ Public Assistance department is here to gladly support you and your agency through this process.