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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.
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.
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.
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:
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.