Benefits.gov Highlights National Safety Month

Every June, the National Safety Council (NSC) celebrates National Safety Month by focusing on key safety issues in homes, communities, at the work place, and on the road. The NSC is a nonprofit organization best known as the nation’s leading safety promoter for more than 100 years. The council provides many resources on their website to not only educate individuals about public safety but also offer them courses to help build skills that can save lives. While we tend to be busy with our everyday activities, safety should always be a priority as we never know when danger can strike. Natural disasters, in particular, can occur at any time without warning. Benefits.gov would like to bring a few programs to your attention that could help you in times of disaster or emergencies.

The Disaster Assistance and Emergency Relief program managed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury allows for taxpayers and businesses to recover financial losses faster from the impact of a disaster when the area they are in is a federally-declared disaster area. This is done through deducting casualty losses on the year the disaster occurred or through filing an amended return to deduct losses the year prior to the disaster.

Also, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a subdivision of the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA), provides assistance when individuals’ property has been destroyed by natural disasters. The NRCS helps America’s farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners conserve the nation’s soil, water, air, and other natural resources. The organization offers the Emergency Watershed Protection program which is designed to help people and conserve natural resources by relieving imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, drought, windstorms, and other natural occurrences.

Additionally, DisasterAssistance.gov's Rural Housing: Housing Repair Loans and Grants program also administered by the USDA offers loans and grants to very low-income homeowners to repair, improve, modernize, or to remove health and safety hazards in their rural dwellings.

To learn more about the programs that can help you during a time of disaster, please visit our Disaster Relief benefit category page. You can also see what other benefits you qualify for by using our Benefit Finder tool.