Starter Resources 

  • Not all disasters are declared a major disaster by the federal government. It's important to know when FEMA assistance is made available to survivors of a major disasters. Click here to learn about the federal disaster declaration process and declaration types.

  • ​​The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Individual Assistance Program and Policy Guide (IAPPG) contains a comprehensive overview of FEMA's assistance programs. The IAPPG consolidates information on Individual Assistance (IA) programs offered by FEMA to a state, local, territorial, or tribal government jurisdiction affected by a disaster.
  • ​The National Disaster Attorney Guidebook is an eBook from Equal Justice Works and the ABA Young Lawyers Division, created to provide pro bono and legal aid attorneys with an overview of disaster assistance resources and best practices for the advocates of low-income disaster survivors.
  • Morrison Foerster's Disaster Handbooks offer individuals and small businesses affected by disasters access to information and assistance that will help with recovery. The Handbooks provide a helpful overview for attorneys and other advocates that are new to disaster relief. 
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