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Disaster Planning, Recovery, & Rebuilding

Be Prepared


FEMA's New Disaster Recovery Resource Offers Support in Community Rebuilding: Identifying disaster recovery resources and understanding how they can be knit together to fund community rebuilding can be a challenge. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has responded to this need by launching an online tool.

Irene's Impact: The Atlanta Fed explores the impacts of natural disasters, disrupted economic activity among them. What is the role of the Fed in the aftermath of a natural disaster? SouthPoint notes that after Hurricane Katrina, forecasters learned valuable lessons that are once again being put to the test.

Under Water in More Ways Than One: Historic Flooding and Foreclosures in Atlanta: The Atlanta neighborhoods most affected by the September 2009 flooding were already struggling with foreclosures. Careful planning and policy efforts can ensure the sustainability and resilience of such vulnerable communities.

Natural Disaster and Manmade Recession Reveal Strengths and Needs of Haitian Diaspora: Community organizations both formally and informally linked have been especially important to Miami's Haitian-American community since the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January 2010.

Protect Your Business this Hurricane Season webinar: Participate in a hurricane preparedness webinar on May 29 from 2–3 pm ET, which is cohosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration. It will feature the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's 2012 Atlantic hurricane season forecast. A discussion on disaster preparedness tips follows. Financial tips for small business disaster preparedness are available here.

National Commission on Children and Disasters, 2010 Report to the President and Congress, October 2010. Disaster plans must do a better job of addressing the risks and needs of children. While every disaster presents distinct challenges, we can still anticipate a disaster's risks to children and plan more effectively to meet their needs.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Resources features links to information on the Gulf oil spill, including disaster response and cleanup efforts, volunteer activities, the lost income and damages claims process for businesses and individuals, and other tools.

"Lessons from a Storm" demonstrates the benefits of maintaining a bank account. Following Hurricane Katrina, several families share their stories in this 17-minute video produced by the Federal Reserve Banks.

Oil Spill Seeps Into Many Coastal Concerns, EconSouth, Third Quarter 2010, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta


Are you prepared?, City of San Francisco

A Citizen Guide to Disaster Preparedness, U.S. General Services Administration

The Community Reinvestment Act and Disaster Recovery, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Disaster Services, Red Cross

FEMA: Homeowners and Renters (or Property Owners)

Preparing for Emergencies and Disasters: Financial Tips for Consumers, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta pdf document

Ready America: Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed., U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Small Business

Expect the Unexpected: Prepare Your Business for Disaster, SBA and Nationwide Insurance pdf document

Preparing for Emergencies and Disasters: Financial Tips for Small Business, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta pdf document

Ready Business: Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed., U.S. Department of Homeland Security


American Red Cross Community Disaster Education Materials

Effective Practices Resource Center: Tools and Training for Volunteer and Service Programs, Corporation for National and Community Service

FEMA Volunteers

Programs and Partners: Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Citizen Corps

Web Resources for Disaster Resistance, PATH (A Public-Private Partnership for Advancing Housing Technology)

For Kids

Disaster Preparedness Coloring Book, Red Cross pdf document

FEMA for Kids: Resources for Parents and Teachers, FEMA

Natural Disasters: From Destruction to Recovery, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Children and Schools, American Red Cross

Ready Kids, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

En Español

The Be Ready Book: A Workbook for Children pdf document

¿Está listo? Una guía completa para la preparación ciudadana, FEMA

¿Puede Permitirse Perder Todos Sus Bienes? American Red Cross pdf document

Su Plan Para el Hogar En Caso de Desastres pdf document

Disaster Recovery

State Emergency Management Links








Disaster Assistance For Homeowners & Renters, U.S. Small Business Association pdf document

Grants and Assistance Programs for Individuals, FEMA


Disaster Assistance, U.S. Small Business Administration

Disaster Assistance for Businesses of All Sizes, U.S. Small Business Association

Small Business Administration Disaster Loans, FEMA

Community Services

Animal Health: Disaster Preparedness, American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

Coping with Disaster, FEMA

Disaster Center: Disaster Relief Agencies and Nongovernment Organizations, Disaster Relief Agencies

Emergency Readiness, American Hospital Association (AHA)

Public Assistance Grant Program, FEMA



Disaster Preparedness and Recovery, NeighborWorks® America

HUD Disaster Recovery Assistance: Community Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Recover & Rebuild, FEMA


The Changing Role of Architects in Disaster Response, American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Lessons From Katrina and Rita: What Major Disasters Can Teach Transportation Planners, Victoria Transport Policy Institute pdf document

Public Investment: The Impacts of Natural Disasters on Municipal Finance, American Planning Association pdf document

Zoning News: Post-Disaster Zoning Opportunities, American Planning Association pdf document

State Resources for Tornado and Storm Assistance and for Volunteering