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Disaster Assistance

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This site provides information for the prevention and recovery of disasters. Find Disaster Assistance for families, farmers, ranchers, and small businesses. Pet and livestock owner information as well.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

USDA agencies provide information and services for emergency preparedness and response. "Here you will you find information about specific disasters and emergencies, how to prepare, recover, and help build long-term resilience, as well as information about USDA assistance during disaster events."

Use the knowledgebase to browse disaster resources by assistance, recipient, and disaster type.

U.S. Department of Agriculture. Rural Development.

"In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, USDA Rural Development (RD) issued a letter (PDF, 63 KB) outlining ways the agency can provide assistance to homeowners affected by the hurricane. RD also provides assistance for new grants and to help existing loan and grant recipients. Do not hesitate to contact your local Rural Development State Office by email or telephone if you have questions about your loan or grant."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"When returning to your home after a hurricane or flood, be aware that flood water may contain sewage. Protect yourself and your family by following these steps..."

Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD can provide critical housing and community development resources to aid disaster recovery. HUD's Disaster Recovery Teams are located in offices throughout the country.

American Red Cross.

"The American Red Cross can provide two types of assistance after a disaster - hard and soft. Hard assistance provides material items and may include feeding, shelter, clean-up kits, comfort kits and financial assistance. Soft assistance minimizes immediate disaster-caused suffering through listening, guidance, advocacy, and counseling."

Also, find information on How to Prepare for Emergencies

Small Business Administration.

The SBA offers disaster assistance in the form of low interest loans to businesses, nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters located in regions affected by declared disasters. SBA also provides eligible small businesses and nonprofit organizations with working capital to help overcome the economic injury of a declared disaster.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Being prepared for a disaster is as easy as 1,2,3. 1. Get a Kit 2. Make a Plan 3. Be Informed. Find out information on how to prepare your family, pets and business at