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Graphic: Who's in your community after a disaster

Icon of magnifying glass, box of supplies and dropped pin (like what would be seen on a map). FEMA seal in bottom right corner. Text reads: Who's in your community after a disaster. Insurance Agents, Adjustors and Inspectors: Assessing damages to insured homes and property. Voluntary Agencies: Many voluntary agencies are active in the disaster, helping with immediate needs: - Housing repairs. - Clean-up. FEMA/State Teams: Pinpointing areas with damages for further review by Preliminary Damage Assessment teams. These teams can also provide referrals to partner agencies for survivors with disaster-related needs. Preliminary Damage Assessment Teams: Federal, state, tribal, and local workers looking at the community as a whole; surveying disaster impacts and documenting damage for FEMA and the state to determine if additional assistance may be needed. - Homes, businesses, community infrastructure. - Insurance coverage, utilities, housing, and community damage. Local Governments and Municipalities: - Health and safety checkups. - Evaluating building damage for rebuilding and permitting requests. Be Aware of Fraud: Federal and state workers never ask for or accept money and they always carry ID. There is NO FEE required to apply for or to get disaster assistance from FEMA, the Small Business Administration (SBA), or the state. Report fraud to the FEMA Fraud Hotline: 866-720-5721.

Graphic describes various partners (federal, state, local government; voluntary agencies; insurance agents) who may be in a community after a disaster, helping with damage assessments, immediate needs, and documenting damage.

Photo by FEMA Graphic - Oct 13, 2016
Last Updated: April 19, 2019