Disaster Assistance and Your Family

Disaster assistance is money or direct assistance to individuals, families and businesses in areas whose property has been damaged or destroyed and whose losses are not covered by insurance. It is meant to help with critical expenses that cannot be covered in other ways. This assistance is not intended to restore your damaged property to its condition before the disaster. The level of assistance will vary depending on the severity of the event.

Related Websites

Apply for Assistance
Website describing the steps needed to apply for disaster assistance.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Disaster Assistance and Emergency Relief for Individuals and Businesses
Information on IRS programs and assistance for taxpayers and businesses recovering from the impact of a disaster.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Disaster Assistance.gov
Website with access to disaster information and assistance resources.
Multiple Federal Agencies
Disaster Recovery Center Locator
To find FEMA disaster offices in your area.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Disaster Unemployment Assistance
Learn about benefit assistance for individuals unemployed as a direct result of a major disaster.
U.S. Department of Labor
FEMA Housing Portal
To help those who have been displaced by disaters find a place to live.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Financial Assistance for Farms and Rural Areas
Website listing USDA financial assistance programs for farms and rural areas.
Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN)
National Flood Insurance Program
Main website of the National Flood Insurance Program.
National Flood Insurance Program
National Shelter System
Search for open Red Cross shelters by address, city, state, and/or zip code.
American Red Cross (ARC)
Safe and Well Registry
Register yourself as "safe and well" or search for loved ones following a disaster situation.
American Red Cross (ARC)
Tornado! Tip to Keep Your Pets (and the Rest of your Family) Safe Before, During & After a Tornado Strikes
Website with tips to keep your pets safe before, during and after a tornado
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
Tornadoes: Keeping Pets Safe
Website containing information to make a disaster plan for your pets
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

Family Assistance Resources

A Citizen's Guide to Disaster Assistance
Independent study course for the general public and emergency management personnel wanting to obtain a basic understanding of disaster assistance.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
A Guide to the Disaster Declaration Process and Federal Disaster Assistance
Document explaining the disaster declaration process and an overview of disaster assistance available.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Disaster Assistance for Homeowners and Renters
Factsheet on disaster assistance programs for homeowners and renters through the Small Business Administration.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
National Flood Insurance Program Flood Insurance Claims Handbook
Link to a claims guide to help individuals through the process of fling a claim and appealing a claim decision.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)