The Governor is the only person who can ask the President to make a major disaster declaration. But first, the Governor’s request must include damage reports from counties affected by the disaster that clearly shows there have been “significant damages.” Generally speaking, the number of homes that have been destroyed or with major damage must be in the hundreds for the disaster to be considered “significant.” Your part in this process is to report your damages (even if they are insured) to your local jurisdiction’s emergency manager so they can be combined with other reports and forwarded to the state for analysis. Until you and your neighbors report your damages, nothing is going to happen. If the President declares a disaster, federal assistance becomes available to people and government agencies that have enough damages to qualify.
Last modified: November 10, 2019