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

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
Financial Assistance After a Disaster
Online tool to find emergency fiancial help from the government after a disaster.
Financial Assistance for Farms and Rural Areas
Website listing USDA financial assistance programs for farms and rural areas.
Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN)
How Do I Apply For Disaster Assistance
Website describing the steps needed to apply for disaster assistance.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
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)
USDA Emergency Response
Website with links to information on various emergencies and how to prepare.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
USDA FSA Emergency Farm Loans
Website with details, eligibility, and application forms for the USDA FSA Emergency Farm Loan Program.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (USDA FSA)

Farm Assistance Web 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)
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)
USDA FSA: Livestock Forage Disaster Program
Factsheet describing the Livestock Forage Disater Program as part of the 2014 Farm Bill.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (USDA FSA)
USDA FSA: Livestock Indemnity Program
Factsheet overviewing the eligibility requirements and the application process for the USDA FSA livestock indemnity program.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (USDA FSA)