Help Communities Impacted by Natural Disasters

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Severe weather has impacted regions all over the country. Devastating floods in Tennessee and tornadoes in Oklahoma have left communities reeling. Fire Corps volunteers can help their community get back on their feet after a disaster.

Disaster assistance is often available for families and individuals in affected counties; however, some people may not be aware of the available federal aid or know how to apply. Your Fire Corps team can take the lead in communicating this important information to members of your community.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) describes disaster assistance as “money or direct assistance to individuals, families and businesses in an area whose property has been damaged or destroyed and whose losses are not covered by insurance.” Designed to help with critical expenses that otherwise aren’t covered, disaster assistance can provide a displaced family with temporary housing, funding to fix damage to a residence, or money to help cover medical bills, funeral expenses, and other costs.

Help your community prepare in advance for potential disasters in your area by informing citizens of these resources and providing information such as the basic qualifications to receive assistance and details on how to apply. To learn more about federal disaster assistance, visit the FEMA web site at www.fema.gov.

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