FEMA Disaster Assistance
Federal Funding is Available to Affected Individuals in Davis and Salt Lake Counties
Los fondos federales están disponibles para las personas afectadas en los condados de Davis y Salt Lake
President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Utah.
FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Utah to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by an earthquake during the period of March 18 to April 17, 2020. The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Davis and Salt Lake counties.
Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
Kenneth G. Clark has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Clark said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further assessments.
Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated areas can begin applying for assistance by registering online at
or by calling
1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or
for the hearing and speech impaired.
The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
Registration deadline is September 8, 2020.
Federal Aid Programs for the State of Utah
Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Donald J. Trump’s disaster declaration issued for the state of Utah.
Assistance for affected individuals and families can include as required:
Rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable
Initial assistance may be provided for up to three months for homeowners and at least one month for renters. Assistance may be extended if requested after the initial period based on a review of individual applicant requirements. (Source: FEMA funded and administered.)
Grants for home repairs and item replacements
Grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance to make damaged dwellings safe, sanitary and functional. (Source: FEMA funded and administered)
Grants to replace personal property and cover disaster-related needs
Grants to replace personal property and help meet medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable aid programs. (Source: FEMA funded at 75 percent of total eligible costs; 25 percent funded by the state)
Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available to Utahns whose employment was lost or interrupted as a direct result of the earthquake, and who do not qualify for traditional or CARES Act COVID unemployment benefits from any state. To receive assistance, individuals in Salt Lake and Davis County must complete an application by August 17, 2020. The application process can be started at jobs.utah.gov/covid19. (Source: FEMA funded; state administered)
Loans for residential losses
Low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance. Loans available up to $200,000 for primary residence; $40,000 for personal property, including renter losses. Loans available up to $2 million for business property losses not fully compensated by insurance. (Source: U.S. Small Business Administration)
Loans for small businesses, agriculture cooperatives, and non-profits
Loans up to $2 million for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes that have suffered disaster-related cash flow problems and need funds for working capital to recover from the disaster’s adverse economic impact. This loan in combination with a property loss loan cannot exceed a total of $2 million. (Source: U.S. Small Business Administration)
Loans for farmers, ranchers, and aquaculture operators
Loans up to $500,000 for farmers, ranchers and aquaculture operators to cover production and property losses, excluding primary residence. (Source: Farm Service Agency, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)
The Utah Strong Recovery Project currently offers all Utahns free crisis counseling, emotional support, mental health education, and coping strategies related to the pandemic and disasters. Counselors are available every day from 7am-7pm and can be reached via phone call or text at (385) 386-2289, or by email, with a first name and phone number, at UtahStrong@utah.gov. After hours, if immediate assistance is needed, residents can contact the Utah Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Hotline at 1-800-985-5990. Video chat and counseling in Spanish and other languages is available.
Other relief programs
Other relief programs: Advisory assistance for legal, veterans’ benefits and social security matters.
How to Apply for Assistance:
Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 TTY.
The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily until further notice.
Assistance for the state, tribal, and affected local governments can include as required:
Hazard mitigation projects
Payment of not more than 75 percent of the approved costs for hazard mitigation projects undertaken by state, tribal, and eligible local governments to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural or technological disasters. (Source: FEMA funded, state administered)
How to Apply for Assistance:
Application procedures for state, tribal, and local governments will be explained at a series of applicant briefings with locations to be announced in the affected area by recovery officials. Approved public repair projects are paid through the state from funding provided by FEMA and other participating federal agencies.