Finding Help If You Have Been Affected By A Disaster
If you live in an area that has been affected by a disaster, visit www.disasterassistance.gov. You can find out what kind of federal help is available, apply for assistance, and later check the status of your application.
The Red Cross has resources and advice for recovering from a disaster, including your home safety, emotional well-being, and financial recovery.
2-1-1 is a free helpline available in most parts of the county. It is open all day, seven days per week. You can call for help finding things like food, crisis counseling, and housing. In most states, you can just dial 2-1-1. You can also visit this site for more information about your local 2-1-1 services.
Food Banks may be able to provide immediate food assistance. Feeding America can help you find a food bank in your area if you have an urgent need. Go to: www.feedingamerica.org and enter your zip code.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may provide additional benefits if you are already enrolled and you live in an area affected by a disaster. Benefits may be available early or they may be increased to help you replace lost food. You may also be able to use your Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card to buy hot meals and other foods that are normally not allowed. For more information or to find out how to apply, call your state hotline.
Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) provides emergency food benefits if your area is a presidentially-declared disaster area and your state is currently offering the assistance. The eligibility standards are different than regular SNAP. If you qualify, you will get an EBT card to use at grocery stores. For more information, go to: www.disasterassistance.gov or call your state hotline.
Housing and Shelter
Emergency Shelters may be available if you need to evacuate your home because of a natural disaster. To find shelters in your area, visit the Red Cross or the Salvation Army, or text the word SHELTER and your zip code to: 4FEMA (43362) (standard text message rates apply). To get immediate assistance in your area, you can also call the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) helpline at: (800) 621-3362 or (800) 462-7585 (TTY). You can also go to: www.fema.gov/individual-disaster-assistance
Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) Program helps you if you cannot return to your home due to any loss or damage after shelters around you have closed. This program provides temporary assistance and helps pay for the cost of a hotel room while you look for long-term housing. To learn more about the program and whether you may qualify, go to: www.fema.gov/transitional-shelter-assistance. To find a hotel that participates in this program, go to: www.femaevachotels.com.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Disaster Relief may be available in your area to help pay for your home energy needs and energy-related home repairs or installations. To find out if your state offers LIHEAP Disaster Relief and the type of help available, find the agency that provides LIHEAP assistance such as your local Department of Human Services (DHS), Community Action Agency, or Area Agency on Aging (AAA)
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Disaster Relief may be available in your area to help pay for your home energy needs and energy-related home repairs or installations. To find out if your state offers LIHEAP Disaster Relief and the type of help available, find the agency that provides LIHEAP assistance such as your local Department of Human Services (DHS), Community Action Agency, or Area Agency on Aging (AAA).
Assistance and Emergency Relief Program provides you with tax counseling and assistance. Special tax law provisions are available to help you if you live in certain states affected by the disaster, especially if your location is declared a major disaster area. Get the details from the IRS website. This page will be updated with new information for each disaster as information becomes available.
Property Tax Relief may also be available. Contact your local tax office for more information.