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.

Direct assistance to individuals and families may come from any number of organizations, including:

These organizations provide food, shelter supplies and assist in clean-up efforts.

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.

Grants and Assistance Programs for Individuals

Catalog of Federal Disaster Assistance (CFDA) numbers are provided to help you find additional information on the CFDA website.