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Emergency and Disaster Services

Government and State Resources

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Select the topic of your interest. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a component of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS is the principal agency in the United States government for protecting the health and safety of all Americans and for providing essential human services.

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
    Click on ‘Disaster Communities’ to learn about hazards, federal disaster assistance, and preparedness. FEMA prepares the nation for hazards and manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.

  • Federal Housing Administration
    The Federal Housing Administration, generally known as "FHA", provides mortgage insurance on loans made by FHA-approved lenders throughout the United States and its territories. FHA insures mortgages on single family and multifamily homes including manufactured homes and hospitals.

  • National Weather Service
    Find the latest weather reports for your area. Click here for a report online or click here for a list of local numbers that you can call for a local forecast in your area. The page lists states by regions: Alaska Region, Central Region, Eastern Region, Southern Region, Western Region. The National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas.

  • USDA - Disaster Assistance Programs
    The Farm Service Agency provides assistance for natural disaster losses, resulting from drought, flood, fire, freeze, tornadoes, pest infestation, and other calamities.

  • Ready.gov
    A tutorial program from the Department of Homeland Security. Includes lists for various emergency kits, tips on creating an evacuation plan and information on natural events. The Department of Homeland Security leverages resources within Federal, state, and local governments, coordinating the transition of multiple agencies and programs into a single, integrated agency focused on protecting the American people and their homeland.
  • Your Family Health and Medical Record
    Knowing the details of your family’s health information can come in handy in the event of an emergency. Click on the link on the top right: “Download printable booklet: Family Health and Medical Record (PDF)”. Print out this 18-page pdf form and fill it in with all the necessary information. Remember to make several copies: keep one at work, at school, and a few at home. Print out extra copies of pages 7-12 if you have more than one child. Be sure to update the information regularly. The Texas Cooperative Extension is an educational organization provided by the U.S. government, the state government through Texas A&M University, and your county government.

Nonprofit Organizations

  • American Red Cross
    Click on ‘Disaster Services’, ‘Be Prepared,’ or ‘Health & Human Services’ to learn about natural events. The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers, provides relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

  • Home Safety Council
    Fact sheets on disaster preparation and storm safety. The Home Safety Council (HSC) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing home related injuries.

  • National Safety Council
    Scroll down and select an article of interest about safety. The National Safety Council is a nonprofit, nongovernmental, international public service organization dedicated to protecting life and promoting health.

  • Salvation Army
    Click on ‘Locations’ on the left side of the page to find a Salvation Army chapter nearest you. Salvation Army social service programs meet the basic needs of daily life for those without the resources to do so themselves. Often, the programs provide food, shelter, clothing, financial assistance to pay utilities, and other necessities based on the need.

  • State-by-state Emergency and Health Department List
    Click on your state for a link to your area’s environmental, health, public safety and emergency management departments. PBS, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, is a private, nonprofit media enterprise owned and operated by the nation's 349 public television stations.

Insurance

Government and State Resources

  • Consumer Action
    Tips on saving money on homeowner’s insurance and questions to ask your agent. The Consumer Action Network is a component of the Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC). The FCIC is a source for questions and answers about consumer problems and government services.

Nonprofit Organizations

  • Docu-Damage
    Docu-Damage is a informational resource for those who have sustained damage from fires, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters and are now negotiating their way through the insurance claims process. The tips and information comes from professionals in many industries including Insurance Adjusters, Public Insurance Adjusters, Contractors, Attorneys, Building Material Suppliers, etc.
  • Insurance Consumer Advocate Network
    The Insurance Consumer Advocate Network (I-CAN) is a National Support Network of Respect for the insurance consumer.

  • Insurance Information Institute
    Here you can find answers on homeowner’s insurance, filing a claim and general home security concerns. The mission of the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) is to improve public understanding of insurance -- what it does and how it works. The Insurance Information Institute is a nonprofit communications organization supported by the insurance industry.
  • National Association of Insurance Commissioners
    Read consumer publications, alerts, company and general insurance information. Click here for a link to insurance departments by state. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is the organization of insurance regulators from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the four U.S. territories.
  • National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters
    NAPIA is the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters. Public Adjusters are experts on property loss adjustment who are retained by policy holders to assist in preparing, filing and adjusting insurance claims. NAPIA members across the United States have joined together for the purpose of professional education, certification, and promotion of a code of professional conduct.

Legal

Government and State Resources

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Nonprofit Organizations

  • LawHelp
    LawHelp helps low and moderate income people find free legal aid programs in their communities, and answers to questions about their legal rights in areas related to housing, work, family, bankruptcy, disability, immigration and other topics. This site has been built by Pro Bono Net, a nonprofit organization headquartered in New York, and by partnering legal aid organizations.
  • Nolo.com
    Link to legal matters on property and money, rights and disputes, family law and more. Nolo.com is a legal guide, which provides do-it-yourself legal solutions for consumers and small businesses.

Property Restoration

Government and State Resources

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Nonprofit Organizations

  • Association of Specialists in Cleaning and Restoring
    Click on ‘Referrals’ on the top of the page. Select which service you are interested in and also select your state. The Association of Specialists in Cleaning and Restoration (ASCR) is the oldest and largest trade association for the cleaning and restoration industry.

  • Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification
    Choose from a variety of topics: cleaning, inspecting and restoration. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a nonprofit certifying body for the flooring inspection, floor covering and specialized fabric cleaning, and disaster restoration industry.

Thunderstorm

Government and State Resources

  • FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) for Kids
    Offers educational information on thunderstorms for kids. The site also has fun games and stories. FEMA prepares the nation for hazards and manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident.

  • Lightning Safety
    Check out the National Weather Service’s Lightning Safety site to learn more safety tips, stories, activities and facts about lightning. The National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas.

  • ReadyKids
    A tutorial program for kids from the Department of Homeland Security. Includes tips on creating an emergency kit, plan and information on natural events. Also has games and activities to help learn the information. The Department of Homeland Security leverages resources within Federal, state, and local governments, coordinating the transition of multiple agencies and programs into a single, integrated agency focused on protecting the American people and their homeland.

Nonprofit Organizations

  • National Lightning Safety Institute
    Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on ‘Personal Lightning Safety’ or Structural Lightning Safety’. The National Lightning Safety Institute (NLSI) is a nonprofit, nonproduct advocacy of lightning safety for both people and structures.

  • Protect Your Home From Hail Damage
    Hail can do a lot of damage to a home. Read this article for preparedness tips. The Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) is a nonprofit association that engages in communication, education, engineering and research.

WHN - Home Inventory

  • Home Inventory Lists
    Print out and fill in these WHN forms for each room in your home. A detailed list of your possessions and their locations, estimated value and price, can make it easier when filing a claim after a loss or disaster.
  • How to Create a Home Inventory
    A home inventory is a well-documented list and videos/photos of the belongings in your home. Click on the link above to learn more about making your own home inventory lists.

Last Updated: 6/2008


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