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The Mitigation and Recovery Branch is responsible for two areas: mitigation activities--which reduce or eliminate the threat or effect of a known hazard and recovery operations--which analyze the damages sustained as a result of a disaster; determine the appropriate methods of assisting individual victims, not-for-profit organizations and governmental units repair damages to pre-disaster conditions; and administer mitigation and/or recovery programs as required.
Individuals experience great trauma during disasters. To help them recover, federal and state assistance programs offer not only monetary assistance but crisis counseling as well.
Through low interest loans, grants, temporary housing assistance, job placement as well as other services, this program makes every effort to minimize hardships on victims.
The Human Services Branch administers the Individual and Family Grant Program (IFG) as provided by federal law under presidentially declared disasters (PL 93-288 as amended by PL 100-707). The IFG program works closely with the American Red Cross, local unmet needs committees, the National Flood Insurance Program, and various local government agencies. Every effort is made to see that the needs of the victims are met and that aid is given in a timely manner.
State Hazard Mitigation Program
Every community in the United States is at risk for serious loss of life and/or property due to a disaster, be it hurricane, earthquake or nuclear accident. Because of the documented magnitude of the costs of these losses, numerous programs have been created to lessen the effects of such a manmade or natural event should it occur. Indiana's hazard mitigation program provides financial and technical assistance to local governments to fund eligible projects to assist not-for-profit organizations, individuals and families to reduce the actual or potential risk of loss of life or property. The program receives 75% of its funding from the federal government.