Updated November 19, 2020
If you have been impacted by or have survived a hurricane, you know that information about recovery can be located in many different places. On this page we have tried to compile resources for those who are trying to recover after being impacted by a severe weather event or a natural disaster.
During a disaster, your local and county government is the primary body responsible for managing the flow of information, personnel and resources. It is important that you sign up for alerts but also follow them on all their social media accounts for updates, such as emergency supply distributions. It is also from these agencies that you will find out if they are anticipating or calling for an evacuation.
After a disaster they will also inform residents of any resources available to recover. Below is an example of resources organized by one county for those recovering from Hurricane Delta / #Delta in the state of Louisiana.
Non-Profit Groups and Charitable Organizations
Non-profit groups and charitable organizations such as: American Red Cross, Local Food Banks, Salvation Army, World Central Kitchen and others provide support to communities, immediately after a disaster, in a variety of ways. There are many other nonprofits and religious organizations, that also support communities during disasters. The list is very long and we encourage to visit your local news websites for information on what support organizations are offering your community.
What all these organizations have in common is they often provide support to communities in a variety of ways; from setting up shelters, to providing ready to eat meals through canteens and mobile trucks. Then there are other organizations that provide support in the form of food supplies such as Food Banks and private companies. Then there are organizations such as CEDRdigital which help impacted communities by providing information about recovery resources during and immediately after a disaster. You can find resources available to your community by following those organizations on social media or by visiting their websites regularly.
Finally, your local Library is often the best information hub there is in every community. Local libraries always know the needs of their communities because their librarians and staff live in the same impacted community. In our estimation they are one of the best sources of resources and often post information on their social media pages or website, of where local residents can find recovery resources.
List of Disaster Resources
The list below is a jumping off point and will be expanded over the next few days
- American Red Cross – The volunteers of the Red Cross are here for you with emergency aid when you need it most, and also advice and assistance to help you recover from a disaster or become better prepared to face one in the future.
- Crisis Cleanup –
- Disaster Distress Helpline – provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters
- Disaster Assistance – This site allows you to find disaster assistance, apply for assistance and check the status of your application, find a Disaster Recovery Center, get help with housing, food and nutrition needs, change the address for federal benefits, learn about small business loans, agricultural assistance and more. You can also learn how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters, as well as how to handle immediate disaster-related needs.
- Disaster Legal Aid – This website includes general information helpful to disaster relief on housing, insurance claims, insurance, employment, and other vital issues. You can find organizations in your state that can provide free legal help to you, if you are eligible,
- Emergency Prescription Assistance Program
- Feeding America Food Banks – The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks secures and distributes 4.3 billion meals each year through food pantries and meal programs throughout the United States and leads the nation to engage in the fight against hunger. Search for local food banks by zip code or state.
- FEMA or Federal Emergency Management Agency – Assistance programs for individual citizens, public groups like government agencies and private nonprofit organizations. Find the help you need to support your disaster recovery. Assistance is available in a number of languages.
- Helping Children Cope with Disasters
- Indian Affairs Services
- NAMHA – The National Affordable Housing Management Association has gathered links and information related to housing and disaster recovery.
- Partnership for Disaster Strategies
- Post-disaster Checklist from United Way
- Red Rover – helps pet owners and their animals rescued from disasters or neglect, domestic violence victims, seeking safety. Assistance is also provided to animals with life-threatening illnesses. Check out the latest blog posts during disasters for relevant resources.
- Salvation Army – Information on the Salvation Army’s response to disasters can be found by choosing links on their News page.
- World Central Kitchen