- If you have immediate needs for food, water or shelter, you may contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or the United Way by dialing 2-1-1 from a landline phone. Please see the following site for additional information: http://www.211us.org/status.htm
- Disaster Recovery Center - a location where you can speak with someone from FEMA in person for information about FEMA assistance and other disaster assistance programs.
- Where applicable, find a hotel that is participating in FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) Program.
- FEMA Housing Portal to find rental housing.
- Find family members with the FEMA National Emergency Registry and Locator System (only activated during major disasters) or with the Red Cross Safe & Well Listings.
What is disaster assistance?
- Assistance to individuals, families and businesses.
- Assistance for losses that are not covered by insurance.
- Only available in counties with federally declared disasters.
- Intended to help with critical expenses, not to restore a property to its condition before a disaster.
- Mostly in the form of loans administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to home renters, homeowners, and businesses.
- Housing assistance is available through FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program for temporary housing, home repair, replacement, and, in rare instances, permanent construction.
- Other assistance through FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program may be available for non-housing needs such as medical and dental expenses, funeral expenses, household items, tools required by your job, necessary educational materials, fuel for a primary heat source, clean-up items, disaster-related vehicle damage, and moving and storage related to the disaster.
Learn more about disaster assistance
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