- Identify your important documents and place them in a safe space: You can use the Safeguarding Your Valuables activity and Emergency Financial First Aid Kit to help get you started.
- Download phone applications that can help during emergencies: Use the FEMA phone application to access to disaster preparedness, response and recovery resources including disaster assistance.
- Enroll in Go Direct to minimize disruptions to receiving any federal benefits you may receive.
- Plan ahead of time to recover. USDA created resources such as Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit and the Disaster Recovery Log.
An excerpt from the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit:
“In addition to organizing your financial documents, there are other important steps you should take right now to be better prepared for any emergency, from a natural disaster to a household accident. Develop a household communications plan and organize disaster supplies kits for the home, workplace and vehicle. The Department of Homeland Security offers free publications on citizen preparedness, including Are You Ready? A Guide for Citizen Preparedness.”
Log on to www.citizencorps.gov and www.ready.gov for more information.