Getting back to normal after a natural disaster is difficult. You may have to make repairs to your home, deal with your insurance agency, try to secure lost wages, or even have to relocate permanently. Thankfully, the Federal Government has grants and loans to help you get back on your feet.

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DisasterAssistance.gov

DisasterAssistance.gov is great place to start looking for help. You can browse by agency, check on the progress of your application or claim, and, most helpfully, take a questionnaire to find out which forms of assistance you may be eligible for.

Head here to start the questionnaire. It’s fairly straightforward and gives you access to many different agencies, loans, grants, and relief organizations.

Special grants and loans may be available if you’re a homeowner, renter, flood victim, business owner, veteran, or retiree. Once you’re done with the brief questionnaire, DisasterAssistance.Gov will point you towards the agencies that best fit your needs.

SBA.gov

If you’re a business owner or a contractor, head to SBA.gov. They have resources to help your business reopen its doors, such as granting you a surety bond, as well as information about recovery by state.

If you can help the cleanup or repair effort, SBA.gov can also point you in the right direction. By registering as a contractor with the federal government, you can help neighbors and other local businesses recover, as well as earning additional loans and grants from a variety of federal agencies.

Other Recovery Resources

There are plenty of other websites and agencies that can help you get aid or find help after a disaster. Whether it’s a federal agency like FEMA, a volunteer network like the Red Cross, or a map that can tell you which areas are most affected, head to our getting disaster assistance article for a more complete list of resources.

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