In the immediate aftermath of a disaster assistance and resources to get you back on your feet will be available. Throughout the recovery period, it is important to monitor local radio or television reports and other media sources for information about where to get emergency housing, food, first aid, clothing, and financial assistance.
Direct assistance to individuals and families may come from any number of organizations. These organizations provide food, shelter, supplies and assist in clean-up efforts:
- American Red Cross
- Salvation Army
- Catholic Charities
- Other volunteer organizations such as food banks, local places of worship and non-profit organizations.
The Role of Federal Government in Recovery
In the most severe disasters, the federal government is also called in to help individuals and families with temporary housing, counseling (for post-disaster trauma), low-interest loans and grants, and other assistance. The federal government also has programs that help small businesses and farmers.
Most federal assistance becomes available when the President of the United States declares a “Major Disaster” for the affected area at the request of a state governor. FEMA will provide information through the media and community outreach about federal assistance and how to apply.
Disaster Public Education Web sites
You can broaden your knowledge of disaster preparedness topics presented by reviewing information provided at various government and non-government web sites.
These sites may be helpful in providing additional materials to help you prepare from, or recover from a disaster or emergency.
- Be Ready Campaign
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Citizen Corps
- Department of Energy
- Department of Health and Human Services
- Department of Homeland Security
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- National Weather Service
- Nuclear Regulatory Commission
- The Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
- U.S. Fire Administration
- U.S. Fire Administration Kids Page
- U.S. Geological Survey
- American Red Cross
- National Fire Protection Association
Kentucky Department of Public Health, Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Washington State Department of Public Health