Presidential Disaster Declaration in Cook County $, 7 DRCs, and FEMA's Public Assistance program

For those keeping track of our current Presidential Disaster Declaration in Cook County, over $129 million has been approved to help disaster survivors in Cook County. In just 30 days, the partnerships between local, county, state, and Federal have yielded these results for so many disaster survivors. Proud of the work being done with more programs still to roll out.


We currently have 7 Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) available to disaster survivors in Cook County.

With 4 in Chicago, 1 in Cicero, 1 in Berwyn, and 1 in Calumet City – disaster survivors can apply at any DRC as well as update their records and track any changes.

Also, reps from the US SBA are also onsite so disaster survivors can take advantage of their services and programs too. Think of the DRCs as a one-stop for disaster survivors.



But it might be a good time to read up on FEMA’s Public Assistance program:

Just sayin’


As you know, the Individual Assistance program is different than the Public Assistance program.


Sooooo, in case you need it, here’s a quick blurb on the PA side that you can share: FEMA’s Public Assistance Program provides supplemental grants to state, tribal, territorial, and local governments, and certain types of private non-profits so communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies.


If you want the full picture, here’s the Stafford Act (in full) can be found here:


Kevin T. Sur

Public Information Officer (PIO) 

Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security (IEMA-OHS)

Work (Chicago): 312-814-1589

Work (Springfield): 217-557-4756

Dispatch: 217-782-7860