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Disaster response and recovery

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

CAI believes all community association residents have the right to the benefit of federal disaster response, recovery, and mitigation resources.

CAI supports the Disaster Assistance Equity Act of 2019 (H.R. 5337) because it:

- Allows FEMA's Public Assistance Program to reimburse costs related to disaster debris removal from community association roads and waterways.

- Allows FEMA's Individuals and Households Assistance Program to provide assistance to condominium unit homeowners for critical common element repairs after a natural disaster. 

Disaster Assistance Equity Act Sponsor:Rep. Jerry Nadler [D-NY-10]
Cosponsors (*original cosponsor):

​Rep. David Rouzer [R-NC-7]*
Rep. Joe Cunningham [D-SC-1]*
Rep. Lee Zeldin [R-NY-1]*
Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY-16]*
Rep. Peter King [R-NY-2]*
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D-FL-23]

​Rep. Pete Olson [R-TX-22] 
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman [D-NJ-12]
Rep. Tom Rice [R-SC-7]
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton [D-DC-At Large]
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart [R-FL-25]


The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (the "Stafford Act," 42 U.S.C. 5121-5206 and Related Authorities) governs the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and allows for financial assistance to states, counties, municipalities, and eligible "private nonprofit facilities" that "provide essential services of a government nature to the general public." Currently, roads in community associations do not meet the "essential" requirements and are not included on FEMA's list of eligible private nonprofit facilities. 


CAI also advocates for closer coordination between community associations and FEMA to ensure community association interests are reflected in the design of federal disaster mitigation grants.

Click here to check out all of CAI's resources on Community Disaster Preparedness and Relief