Disaster Supplies Kit
Thunderstorms and lightning
Winter storms and extreme cold
Landslides and debris flow
Hazardous materials incidents
Household chemical emergencies
Nuclear power plant emergencies
Radiological dispersion device events
Recovering from Disaster
Health and safety guidelines
Seeking disaster assistance
Coping with disaster
Seeking Disaster Assistance
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. The following
section provides general information about the kinds of
assistance that may be available.
What is Direct Assistance?
Direct assistance to individuals and families may come from
any number of organizations, including:
American Red Cross
Other volunteer organizations
These organizations provide food, shelter, supplies and
assist in clean-up efforts.
What is the Federal Role?
In the most severe disasters, the federal government is also
called in to help individuals and families with temporary
housing, counseling, low-interest loans, 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 announces an emergency declaration 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.