Disaster Finance, Recovery, Mitigation, and Standards
What is Disaster Finance, Recovery Mitigation and Standards (DFRMS)?
When disasters occur of a magnitude that state and federal assistance might be needed, the Recovery Section coordinates damage surveys with local and federal agencies, prepares disaster declaration requests for the Governor’s signature, and deploys staff to the affected area to coordinate the overall recovery process. For major disasters, state and federal recovery staffs are collocated in a Joint Field Office.
TDEM’s Disaster Finance, Recovery, Mitigation, and Standards (DFRMS) staff includes: specialists who carry out disaster recovery programs for individual disaster survivors (Individual Assistance), as well as specialists who aid local governments and public entities, such as school districts and hospitals (Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation), with programs to repair or reconstruct facilities that were damaged or destroyed.
DFRMS also includes TDEM’s disaster task force as well as the state disaster reimbursement section that assists jurisdictions with resources to financial respond to a disaster and with the reimbursement process to those jurisdictions that supply resources, human or material, during disastrous times.