Disaster Assistance and Your Farm

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)
Dealing with Drought 2012
Website with resources on preparing and recovering from drought conditions. Includes information on crops, livestock, financial concerns as well as the home and yard and dealing with stress.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
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)
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Website with links to information on various emergencies and how to prepare.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Farm Disaster Assistance Programs
Learn about assistance programs for farmers and ranchers following losses from natural disaster situations.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (USDA FSA)
Federal Crop Insurance Program
Learn about the federal crop insurance program and risk management and education tools for producers.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Risk Management Agency (USDA RMA)
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)

Farm Assistance Web Resources

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)
Emergency Disaster Designation and Declaration Process
Learn more about agricultural disaster declarations and desgination process.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (USDA FSA)
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)