A Guide to Disaster Preparedness and Relief Benefits

At the end of August, the nation marked the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. As a country, we remember those who lost their lives and honor those who suffered losses, were injured, or were members of the first responder community who aided our friends and families in need of help. One way to do this is by making sure we know the disaster relief resources available to us. If a natural disaster strikes, you should know that Benefits.gov has relevant resources to help you prepare for the unknown.

Being prepared for a natural disaster is very important. The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) has a wealth of information to help you and your family create safe, strong homes and communities. You can find an array of advice and resources on protecting your home and business, a catalog of preparedness trainings and courses, and information about other disaster mitigation programs on FEMA's website.

If you are struck by a natural disaster, DisasterAssistance.gov is the official government website that provides information and services to access and apply for disaster assistance. DisasterAssistance.gov can help you:

There are also a number of disaster relief benefits to browse through on Benefits.gov. For example, the Crop Insurance program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), protects farmers against crop losses inflicted by a federally declared natural disaster. The Internal Revenue Service at the U.S. Department of the Treasury manages the Disaster Assistance and Emergency Relief Program, which provides tax counseling and assistance to taxpayers whose property has been damaged or lost in a federally declared natural disaster. We encourage you to view the complete list of disaster relief benefits on Benefits.gov.

Hurricane Katrina was a tragedy that affected many innocent people, businesses and communities. We hope these benefits and resources will help you be prepared, and we suggest completing our Benefit Finder questionnaire to see what other benefits you might be eligible to receive.


Disaster Relief