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3 Ways FEMA Can Save The Day

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

Flood damage in Waverly Tennessee, aerial view of houses partially under water Flood damage.

While the nation struggles to pick up the pieces after Hurricanes Ida and its aftereffects, many may wonder how they might recover from local storms. Although the average storm may not sweep across neighborhoods with the force to wipe out buildings, it can still bring a significant amount of flooding. Below are three ways the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can help during such difficult times.

1. Organized Support

When a catastrophic flood strikes, it affects everyday life. FEMA formulates a method to respond to the crisis effectively. Victims may check online to see whether their specific area will receive support. After the President of the United States declares a specified area a disaster, a person may apply for disaster assistance through a straight-forward system. FEMA can also work with the state(s) involved to form funding before an expected storm. 

2. Damage Inspection

Despite the vast differences in each situation, FEMA responds to disasters that prioritize victims first. Assistance is determined by comparing recorded essential losses and serious needs to the types of assistance available within FEMA programs and services. After registering, an inspector specializing in disasters generally visits within a week. From there, the agency can work with residents to determine the right assistance plan and begin their aid.

3. Covers Unmet Needs

If a victim has insurance, FEMA still recommends filing an insurance claim first. However, insurance may not cover all losses claimed, in which case FEMA assistance may cover those unmet needs. Connecting with as many programs as possible could help a person receive more aid faster, especially if the damage is severe or in case of an unexpected delay.

No matter the extent of the damage, any natural disaster is shocking, challenging and stressful. However, this is the point at which FEMA can step in to help you get your space – and subsequently, your life – back on solid ground.

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