After a disaster strikes, many of us are able to pick up the pieces and get back to our lives in a relatively short period of time. However, some people find that disasters create financial hardships. These can range from needing a few hundred dollars for replacement of personal belongings to finding oneself suddenly without a home, without a job, and with mounting disaster-related medical expenses.
Visit the links below to learn how you can apply for and obtain assistance from disaster-relief organizations and federal agencies, and download our tip-sheet Post-Disaster Assistance [PDF, 177Kb] to have information about these resources close-at-hand when needed.
Don't wait until disaster strikes - you should familiarize yourself with the available options now, while general information is easy to obtain, to help streamline your process later should you need to apply for aid. Remember this is not an exhaustive list, and many other sources of aid and assistance may be available during the recovery period.
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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
(800) 621-FEMA (3362)
(800) 462-7585 (TTY)
Small Business Administration (SBA)
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
United States Department of Labor (DoL)
American Red Cross—Greater Los Angeles Chapter