As severe weather is impending, we want you and your loved ones to be prepared for whatever may come your way. Please find some trusted national resources below, to help guide you as you prepare before the storm hits and rebuild after the storm passes. Our goal is to support you in taking the best preemptive measures in avoiding additional loss and quickly resolving a covered loss.
DisasterAssistance.gov provides disaster survivors with information, support, services, and access to apply for disaster assistance through joint data-sharing efforts between federal, tribal, state, local, and private sector partners. Learn more on their services by visiting https://www.disasterassistance.gov/
Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) assists with disaster relief including natural or manmade, organizing first response efforts from federal, state, and local agencies. For questions on how FEMA can help you throughout your time of need, please visit www.fema.gov
The American Red Cross provides relief during and after a disaster takes place. Some of these services include overnight stays in shelters, food & water, mental health and home health services, reunification services, and distribution of emergency supplies from personal sanitation necessities such as toothbrushes and deodorant to household items including trash bags, shovels, and gloves, to help with clean up. Learn more about how the Red Cross can help you at www.redcross.org
The Salvation Army is there to assist families after a disaster on their most urgent needs for food, clothing, shelter and medical services. In addition, the Salvation Army can provide long term recovery needs and emotional and spiritual care. Discover how they can help you here: www.salvationarmyusa.org
National Voluntary Organizations Active In Disaster (NVOAD) is an organization that shares knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle including but not limited to preparation, response and recovery. Their goal is to help disaster survivors and their communities. Join this forum today and learn more at www.nvoad.org
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a program which instructs volunteers about disaster preparedness for the dangers that may impact their community. CERT trains these volunteers in basic disaster response skills, including fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. If you are interested in learning how to become trained in CERT skills to better prepare you and your community, please contact https://www.ready.gov/
The Humane Society of the United States provides animal assistance during disaster relief. The animal rescue team works closely with local agencies on pre-storm transports to devise pet-friendly evacuation plans, including emergency field rescue for animals caught in the middle of a storm, all while securing food and other resources. Learn more about being prepared to help your pet during a disaster here www.humanesociety.org.
U.S. Food & Drug Administration can help you safeguard you and your family’s health during a disaster. Find out how you can ensure food and water safety and prevent contamination and foodborne illnesses before, during, and after a storm, in cases where you will lose electricity. https://www.fda.gov/food/food-safety-during-emergencies/protect-food-and-water-during-hurricanes-and-other-storms
National Hurricane Center is the perfect resource to keep handy, while preparing for the storm, by receiving weather alerts and keeping you informed of the forecast. This source also can provide you with a checklist to get better prepared, including information on evacuation, and recovery after the storm. Stay tuned with https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/?epac.