Misc. Items

Disaster-Caused Miscellaneous Expenses

  • Eligible items must be purchased or rented after the incident to assist with the applicant’s disaster recovery, such as gaining access to the property or assisting with cleaning efforts. Items damaged by the disaster that were owned prior to the disaster will be considered under Personal Property Assistance. State, territorial, and tribal governments, in consultation with FEMA, have identified standard miscellaneous line items. However, the state, territorial, or tribal government may elect not to include all of these items as eligible for reimbursement:
    • Carbon Monoxide Detector
    • Chainsaw
    • Dehumidifier
    • Generator
      • (see “Generator Expenses Only” under this section’s Limitations and Exclusions on page 103)
    • Humidifier
    • Smoke Detector
    • Weather Radio
  • State, territorial, and tribal governments may request additional miscellaneous line items on the ONA Administrative Option Selection form, during any non-disaster time period or within 72 hours of a major disaster declaration.Conditions of EligibilityIn addition to meeting general conditions of eligibility (Chapter 2: IHP Eligibility), applicants must meet the following conditions in order to receive Assistance for Miscellaneous Items:

    • The expense must be a direct result of the disaster.

    • The item must have been purchased or rented within 30 days from the incident start date or up to the last day of the incident period, whichever is greater.

    • Generator exception: The qualifying incident period for the event starts the day the Governor declares a State of Emergency and ends at the incident period closure date identified by FEMA in the Federal Register, or the date power is restored to the applicant’s dwelling, whichever comes first.

    • Applicants must provide an itemized receipt or equipment rental agreement for eligible expenses.

    • The expense must not be covered by insurance or provided by any other source.

    Limitations and Exclusions

    If the applicant owned the eligible miscellaneous item prior to the disaster and the item was damaged by the disaster, the item will be considered under Personal Property Assistance.

    • Assistance for Miscellaneous Items is limited to the amount established for the item by the state, territorial, or tribal government on the ONA Administrative Option Selection


    Generator Expenses Only:

    -The generator must be purchased or rented to power a medically-required piece of equipment, including medically-required refrigerators.

    -The generator must be purchased or rented due to a disruption in electrical utility service as a result of the disaster.

    -The applicant must submit a statement from a medical services provider, indicating the equipment is medically necessary.

    -The allowable grant amount for generators is limited to the prevailing retail or rental rate for a 5.5 kw-sized generator, as identified by FEMA.

    -The reimbursement of generator rental cost is limited to the period the generator was rented until commercial power was restored to the dwelling. The Joint Field Office is responsible for providing officially verified commercial outage/restoration information.

    -The Assistant Administrator (AA) for Recovery may waive one or more conditions of eligibility during extraordinary circumstances (e.g., sustained power outage during a period of sub-freezing temperatures) when determined to be in the public’s interest.

    Chainsaw expenses only:

    -The chainsaw must be purchased or rented to gain access to and/or remove hazards from the home.

    -Applicants who receive financial Housing Assistance or have insurance coverage for debris or tree removal costs may not receive Assistance for Miscellaneous Items for chainsaw reimbursement.