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Help After a Disaster

10/23/2020 (Permalink)

FEMA app in App Store. Close-up on the laptop screen. FEMA can help support many people after a major disaster, such as a flood

FEMA can help support many people after a major disaster, such as a flood. Read on to learn more about the types of assistance available.

Disaster Assistance

The Individuals and Households Program offered by FEMA provides financial assistance to those who were affected by a disaster and had uninsured or underinsured expenses. After filling out an application for this program, you will receive a letter notifying you of your status, either through the mail or electronically. You will likely have to verify your identity and perform a home inspection before receiving your funds.

Other Assistance
There are a few things which FEMA cannot provide. These include:

  • Emergency medical assistance
  • Emergency shelter
  • Immediate needs

Instead, they recommend a few options for finding these in a time of disaster. If you need medical assistance immediately, you should call 9-1-1. If you need emergency shelter, they recommend the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army. To find an emergency shelter near you, you can text the agency hotline in either English or Spanish. You can also download the mobile app. These shelters are designed to accommodate disabled persons if needed.
Additionally, the agency can provide recommended local companies to help you with cleanup and other after storm tasks. For instance, they can guide you to storm restoration professionals near your home in Spaulding Square, CA. They can also direct you to your local emergency organizations who will be able to provide you more referrals.

Small Business Assistance
If you own a business and need assistance, you are not eligible for anything through this agency and will be referred to the Small Business Administration. There you can apply for a loan and be considered for business disaster assistance.
Understanding the types of assistance you can receive after a disaster, such as flooding, is crucial when you are trying to get back on your feet. Fortunately, this federal agency offers a few options to help people after a disaster.

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