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National Disaster

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Resources for People Who Need Help

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Free legal help in your state: LawHelp.org

 
  • Recovering from Disaster | by FEMA
  • DisasterAssistance.gov | A secure, user-friendly web portal that consolidates information about federally funded government assistance to disaster victims, including the ability to apply for FEMA benefits directly online. [Example of body paragraph copy]
  • State Offices of Emergency Management | A list of the emergency management offices in all 50 states plus territories.
  • Disaster Distress Helpline | The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is the first national hotline dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text 'TalkWithUs' to 66746) to residents in the U.S. and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or man-made disasters.
  • Disaster Distress Helpline | The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is the first national hotline dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text 'TalkWithUs' to 66746) to residents in the U.S. and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or man-made disasters.

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ACTIVE DISASTERS

To find the latest information for those impacted by active disasters, visit the Active Disaster Quick Links at the top of this page, or go directly to our Hurricane Harvey resource page.    

LEGAL RESOURCES

The additional resources listed below are meant to provide legal resources to those who have been directly affected by a disaster. This includes general information helpful to disaster relief on housing, insurance claims, insurance, employment, and other vital issues.

  • Free legal help- There are organizations in your state that can provide free legal help to you, if you are eligible. Visit LawHelp.org for more information. 
  • Government disaster relief benefits - Apply online at disasterassistance.gov, by phone at 1-800-621-3362, by Smart Phone at m.fema.gov or through the FEMA App or by TTY at 1-800-462-7585. 
  • Open Red Cross shelters - Visit redcross.org/nss

The Disaster Relief Project of Legal Aid of Nebraska can address many issues, questions you might have, and preparedness, all on one site.  

Disaster Benefits and You is a video to give you an overview of disaster benefits available AND give you pointers to make the most of your disaster benefits. 

The 2017-2018 Southern California Wildfires, Mudslides, and Related Disasters Helping Handbook was just released. The Handbook gathers in one place up-to-date, practical information on subjects that include housing, government benefits, insurance, FEMA assistance, replacement of lost documents, fraud prevention, and many others. The Helping Handbook is now available online in English. A Spanish version is forthcoming.