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Website Provides Comprehensive Disaster Assistance Information

By Joel Handelsman | September 04, 2013

Seventeen federal agencies have gotten together to create a one-stop shopping website to help those who have been impacted by a disaster. The site, DisasterAssistance.gov, contains a number of interactive tools. These tools help you to determine what federal assistance is available and to apply for it online. By consolidating the assistance available from numerous sources, it eases the task of getting help when recovering from a disaster.

Recent years have seen quite a few large-scale disasters. And, of course, there are smaller disasters that might interfere with your business. A fire in your business premises and other local events can be as damaging, or even more damaging, to an individual business. Regardless of the nature of a disaster, they all have one thing in common: if your business is impacted, you'll almost certainly need help.

Program Participants

Here's a list of the 17 agencies currently participating in the program. Other agencies and sources of relief are invited to become affiliates in the venture.

Dept. of Agriculture Dept. of Commerce Dept. of Defense
Dept. of Education Dept. of Health and Human Services Dept. of Homeland Security
Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Dept. of the Interior Dept. of Justice
Dept. of Labor Dept. of State Dept. of Transportation
Dept. of the Treasury Dept. of Veterans Affairs Office of Personnel Management
Small Business Administration Social Security Administration -

At the site, there is an interactive questionnaire used to determine eligibility, however it does not guarantee assistance. There is also an online form used to apply for assistance immediately.

Business-Specific Assistance

In addition, the site contains business-specific information. It outlines the types of assistance available to businesses, including financial aid, tax relief and help in managing business affairs after a disaster. It also provides guidance on emergency preparedness.

Planning Guidance

Another resource available at the site is a guide to citizen preparedness, entitled Are You Ready?. It provides valuable information on what to do before disaster strikes. Topics covered by the guide include:

  • Basic Preparedness
  • Natural Hazards
  • Technological Hazards
  • Terrorism
  • Recovering from a Disaster

No one wants to endure the impact of a disaster, but its good to know that there is a streamlined method to determine whether federal help is available and to apply for assistance if it is.

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