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National Disaster Legal Aid

In 2018, Pro Bono Net and Lone Star Legal Aid developed the National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center for DisasterLegalAid.org to help address a nationwide need to network public interest legal advocates working on disaster legal aid and share advocacy resources and tools across regions. 

The National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center welcomes all advocates and volunteers from nonprofit legal aid organizations, bar associations, pro bono counsel from law firms and corporations, law school students and faculty, and allied nonprofits working on disaster legal aid. To sign up, please click here.


Other Ways to Help - Do Pro Bono Online

Give Advice through Free Legal Answers – in a majority of states this virtual legal advice clinic allows users to post questions to their state's website. Attorney volunteers, who must be authorized to provide pro bono assistance in their state, log in, select questions to answer, and provide legal information and advice. Learn more here.

Are You An Attorney Who Can Help? 

Check out this recent CLE on Opportunities for Pro Bono Before and After Disaster Strikers from the American Bar Association and this timeline for the short, medium, and long-term legal needs after a disaster. 

ABA Disaster Relief Portal 

Visit the American Bar Association's disaster relief portal, available for free to all attorneys across the country in an effort to effectively deploy America’s lawyers to help individuals in times of emergencies. Visit https://aba.joinpaladin.com/aba-disaster-relief/ to learn more.

More Resources   

For free resources, please click below. 

      

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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If you are a pro bono or legal services attorney working on a disaster-related case and have a question, consider joining the National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center to tap into others' expertise and experience.