Tips from FEMA

Donations Needed:

Top priority needs identified this week by non-profits and faith-based organizations include: Moving cardboard boxes, insect repellent, household goods, shelf-stable food/dry goods, COVID test kits, scissor lift, plastic sheeting and building supplies.. If you can assist with any of these needs, email: [email protected].

CDC EPIC Exchange

Read the current edition of the CDC EPIC Exchange, which features information on how to reach those who may have difficulty accessing or receiving standard resources before, during, or after an emergency. Understanding the barriers that exist and how you can support the resilience of the whole community can help save lives during an emergency.

Read the VAC Snapshot Report #185 (March 17, 2023).


  • March VOISE Call: Panel on Aging Populations in Disasters with FEMA Administrator Criswell
  • Regional Operational Updates
  • Comprehensive registration information on declared disasters in California, Alabama, and Georgia 
  • News you can use:
    • Updates to the National Risk Index
    • Podcast On Flood Insurance
    • FEMA Updates Federal Interagency Operational Plan  
  • Partners in Action: AmeriCorps and Georgia VOAD working with local Partners


FEMA has awarded the Columbia Climate School’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness with a three-year training grant to create a national curriculum on climate resilience with a focus on equity for today’s state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency managers. This grant award is part of FEMA’s larger strategic plan to instill equity as a foundation of emergency management and to lead the whole community in climate resilience. Read the Full Announcement.  You can look at the schedule of up-coming virtual and in-person NCDP FEMA trainings here.

Doing Business with FEMA | – 

Learn about the four-step process your organization can follow to do business with FEMA, in accordance with the Robert T. Stafford Act.

SBA Office of Disaster Assistance

The Office of Disaster Assistance’s mission is to provide low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery & equipment, inventory and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster.

Resources from the U.S. Small Business Administration:
·    Disaster Assistance Loans For Businesses and Non-Profit Organizations
·    Disaster Assistance Loans for Homeowners and Renters
·    What Houses of Worship Need to Know About the FEMA Disaster Aid Process

Various Tips and Tools from FEMA

·    Tools to Recover | – FEMA has collected frequently used tools and information to help you communicate and get started with the recovery process.

·    Frequently Asked Questions About Disasters – Get answers to frequently asked questions about emergency shelters, disaster assistance, flood insurance and more.

·    Disaster Multimedia Toolkit | – The resources on this page are ideal for external partners and media looking for disaster recovery content to share on social media during and after a disaster, including: social graphics, flyers and announcer scripts, accessible videos and animations in multiple languages.

·    Disaster Text Messaging Resource Kit – Communication can be limited following a disaster. This resource kit offers text messaging information you can share with survivors when only text messaging is available in a service area.

·    FEMA in Your Language | – Disaster survivors can find translated information about disaster assistance programs, emergency preparedness, response and recovery activities, and flood insurance. The information comes in various formats and is available for sharing and downloading. Additional resources will be added periodically, so please visit often.

·    Save Your Family Treasures | – FEMA and the Smithsonian Institution co-sponsor the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, a partnership of more than 60 national service organizations and federal agencies created to protect cultural heritage from the damaging effects of natural disasters and other emergencies.

·    CDC colleagues have great safety material in multiple languages: Health and Safety Concerns for All Disasters|Natural Disasters and Severe Weather (

FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program:

How to Start Filing Your Claim   

How to File a Flood Insurance Claim English | Spanish 
Starting Your Recovery: FEMA’s Flood Insurance Claims Process English | Spanish 
Wind vs. Water Damage English | Spanish

To help people better understand the National Flood Insurance Program’s new methodology, FEMA published two videos in a series explaining rating variables and how they affect premiums. The first of these new videosRisk Rating 2.0: Equity in Action: Rating Variables (Part 2) complements Risk Rating 2.0: Equity in Action: Rating Variables (Part 1). The new video describes how a structure’s location and the way it is built impact a policyholder’s premium. It also explains why certain building decisions can affect the final rate determination. The other new video details the nuances of building and content coverage.



FEMA released the 2022 National Preparedness Report, revealing the impacts that climate change and associated natural disasters continue to have on emergency management capabilities and communities across the country. The report focuses on:

  • The nation’s changing risk environment, driven by climate change, physical and technological vulnerabilities, and inequity;
  • Preparedness indicators and measurements of national capability levels; and
  • Management opportunities that can assist communities in managing risks and addressing capability gaps. 

The report identifies the challenges that emergency managers face in addressing a changing risk environment and how they can meet those challenges to help achieve a more prepared nation.


Short Videos:

·    How a Disaster gets Declared – YouTube

·    The Importance of Applying for SBA – YouTube

·    Verifying Home Ownership or Occupancy – YouTube

·    How to Save Your Family Treasures After a Disaster – YouTube

·    FEMA Public Assistance for Houses of Worship – YouTube

·    FEMA Accessible: Individuals and Households Program Disability Cap – YouTube

Key Infographics:

·    Survivors’ Road to Recovery Graphics |

·    Disaster Assistance Sequence of Delivery Graphics |

·    Disaster Survivor Checklist Graphics |

·    Displaced From Your Rental Property Graphics |

·    What to Expect After You Apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance (In-Person Inspection) Graphics |

·    Beware of Fraud and Scams Graphics |

·    Common Reasons for Denial Graphics |

·    Civil Rights Graphics |

·    Difference Between Individual Assistance Versus Public Assistance Grant Programs Graphics |

·    Verifying Homeownership Occupancy Flyers |

·    How to Write An Appeal Graphics |

·    What Houses of Worship Need to Know About the FEMA Disaster Aid Process Flyer |