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 Loans
Website with links to disaster loan information.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Disaster Unemployment Assistance
Learn about benefit assistance for individuals unemployed as a direct result of a major disaster.
U.S. Department of Labor
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
Safe and Well Registry
Register yourself as "safe and well" or search for loved ones following a disaster situation.
American Red Cross (ARC)
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)
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)