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After a Disaster
Get answers to common questions after a disaster has occurred.
The Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) is the official blood program for the U.S. military. It is part of the federal government. Most blood products are for ill or injured service members, veterans and military families worldwide.
Register to Donate
Call the American Red Cross blood donation hotline at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit their website for local blood drives and Red Cross regions.
If a family member—child or adult—is missing, first call your local law enforcement agency for help. You can also check the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, which provides a variety of resources, including the ability to print missing persons posters and receive free biometric collection and testing assistance.
After an emergency, such as a hurricane or tornado, gas stations may raise gas prices to levels that are very high, unreasonable, and unfair. This is called price gouging and it is illegal. If you believe that you are a victim of price gouging, contact your state attorney general.
After a disaster, many generous people want to volunteer their services or donate money or goods. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides information and tips on volunteering and donating responsibly after a natural disaster.
The following groups and organizations also provide information on helping survivors of natural disasters:
Radioactive contamination and radiation exposure can occur if radioactive materials are released into the environment as the result of an accident, an event in nature, or an act of terrorism. Such a release could expose people and contaminate their surroundings and personal property.