When disaster strikes, here are some resources to help:
American Red Cross Disaster Relief & Recovery – Find a shelter, register yourself as safe, look for loved ones, and connect to resources for financial and emotional recovery.
DisasterAssistance.gov – Comprehensive information related to physical needs during a disaster, as well as applications for disaster assistance.
Disaster Distress Helpline – For counseling and emotional support during a disaster. The helpline at 800-985-5990 is open 24x7, offers bilingual support, and accepts calls and texts.
Disaster Hotline – Serves disaster-impacted individuals with disabilities, their families and allies. Provides information, referrals and guidance before, during and after a disaster. The helpline at 800-626-4959 is open 24x7, offers multilingual support, and accepts calls and emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disaster Legal Hotlines - Find state-specific disaster hotlines, free legal help and assistance with filing for disaster benefits. Site sponsored by the American Bar Association.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – Federal resources and critical information on large-scale emergencies. Find help related to emergency phone numbers, key safety tips, applying for assistance and other resources.
Healthcare Ready – Offers tools to assist the public in preparing for and responding to disasters. Rx Open helps patients find nearby open pharmacies in areas impacted by disaster.
Medicare – Information on getting care, drugs, medical equipment or supplies during an emergency or disaster for those insured by Medicare.
Ready.gov – Ready is a national public service campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters.
Salvation Army – Salvation Army Disaster Relief Services provide social services, emotional and spiritual care, and (by area) may include meals from mobile feeding units, hygiene kits and other support.
2-1-1 Information & Referral – Online search for free and confidential information about charities and community organizations in your area; you can also dial 2-1-1 from your phone (where available).