Preparing now can save you money during a disaster.


May 9, 2023


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Flooding and severe storm events have increased in recent years. Repairs from storm damage can be expensive but some cost-saving strategies and resources can help. Continue reading to find out more.


Are You Prepared?

What people do before a disaster can make a dramatic difference in their ability to cope with and recover from a disaster. Although natural disasters have become more frequent, nearly half of U.S. adults do not have the resources and plans in place in the event of an emergency. Some people postpone or do not invest in disaster preparedness because they do not have the money to pay for it. Although disasters can be costly, preparing now can pay off later. 

Build Disaster Resilience without Spending a lot:

  • Know what kind of disasters and emergencies are most common where you live.
  • Sign up for emergency alerts in your area to receive life-saving information from your state and local municipality.
  • Download the FEMA App (available in English and Spanish) to receive weather alerts and safety tips.
  • Build your emergency supply kit over time. Start with items you may already have in your home, like a flashlight, extra batteries, copies of important documents, water, and nonperishable food. Gradually pick up an extra item from the grocery store, especially if it’s on sale. Community food banks are a potential resource for anyone experiencing food insecurity.
    • Cost-Saving Tips: Look for foods that have a long storage life. Use and replace food before its expiration date.


After a Disaster 

Recovering from a disaster is usually a gradual process. Safety is a primary issue, as are mental and physical well-being. Reach out for help and take steps to begin the recovery process for your home, your community, and your daily life.

Safety First
Be aware of new safety issues created by the disaster. Watch out for standing water on roads, contaminated water, gas leaks, broken glass, damaged electrical wiring, and other hazards caused by the disaster. Report safety issues to local officials or apartment management. Follow the manufacturer’s guidance when using cleaning solutions, and items such as chain saws and generators.

Recovery Process

    • Report your damages and request assistance if needed.
  • If you have insurance, contact your insurance agent to file a claim.
  • Contact local faith-based organizations, and nonprofits.
    • These organizations sometimes provide food and shelter during emergencies and assist those in need with finding additional resources.
    • Everyone is welcome at a Red Cross shelter and all disaster assistance is free. Service animals are also welcome. Download their free guide, Disaster Recovery: A Guide to Financial Issues.
    • Operation HOPE helps people get back on their financial footing after a disaster. HOPE Inside Disaster strengthens and aids recovery efforts by assisting individuals and business owners.

Federally Declared Disasters
Additional resources are available when there is a federal disaster declaration. This designation is made by the President and is reserved for large-scale disasters with widespread damage. If you are affected by the disaster,

    • Find out if you are eligible for disaster food assistance.
    • Learn where you can request help to pay utility bills after a disaster.
    • Find out if you are eligible for disaster unemployment benefits.


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