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  • To join our network of over 600 advocates, please click the "Join Us" button above or visit https://www.disasterlegalaid.org/advocates/join/

  • NEW! National Disaster Recovery & Resilience CLE Training | Current and Emerging Issues in Disaster Response: Legal Strategies and Practices for Helping Survivors - Pro Bono Net, Equal Justice Works, and Lone Star Legal Aid are pleased to announce a new and comprehensive Practising Law Institute training program for attorneys, community organizers, and other advocates across the United States committed to disaster response, recovery, and resilience. You can find the program materials and segment recordings here. This program is free and will be available on-demand through November 2022. Attorneys seeking CLE credit for their jurisdictions can see CLE details on the page.

  • 2021 Disaster Resilience Awareness Month - Equal Justice Works, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, American Red Cross, and the National Disaster Legal Aid Resource Center Team Up to Launch First-ever Disaster Resilience Awareness Month. Learn more here. To see the recording for the 25 Pro Tips for Working with FEMA: COVID-19 Edition webinar, please click here and for a summary of the pro tips, please click here

  • COVID-19 Legal Response: For advocates interested in sharing information, resources and strategies, please visit our COVID-19 Legal Response page
  • Figuring Out FEMA: A Trauma-informed Resource for Disaster Survivors Download your free copy of Figuring Out FEMA, a new pocket-sized, trauma-informed visual resource for people affected by natural disasters. 
  • Individual Assistance Program and Policy Guide (IAPPG) - Updated May 2021


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FEMA's Updated Individual Assistance Program and Policy Guide (IAPPG)

In 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), announced updates to its Individual Assistance Program and Policy Guide. For the latest version of the guide, please click here

In addition, on September 2, 2021, FEMA announced an amendment to the IAPPG. This update includes additional flexibility for survivors to verify occupancy and ownership of damaged property. See the updates here