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Five Tips to Recover After a Hurricane

Date: September 13, 2021

Hurricane Ida created storm surge, flooding and tornadoes that impacted thousands of people across the country. If you or a loved one are in an affected area from major storms this year, follow these tips to return home, stay safe and get assistance where you need it. 

  1. Stay safe when cleaning up and returning home. If local authorities approved your return home, follow warnings on your route or at home. Be careful around debris or damaged buildings. Don’t walk or drive through flood waters. Follow the CDC’s advice to stay safe during clean-up.
  2. Protect yourself from disaster scams. Unfortunately, after a disaster, scammers try to take advantage of those in need and others donating money and time in support. Explore the latest rumors FEMA and the State of Louisiana have flagged after last week’s storm. Stay on guard for false promises, government imposters and assistance application fees with tips from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). To report fraud, call the Disaster Fraud Hotline at 1-866-720-5721.
  3. Apply for the help you need. Many assistance programs related to housing, food and businesses are funded after a significant storm. Other year-round programs exist to support those in need. Help is available for:
  4. Support your mental health. If you or a loved one is going through a crisis caused by man-made or natural disasters, call or text the Disaster Distress Helpline from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Access toll-free and confidential crisis support, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 1-800-985-5990. 
  5. Plan now for any future storms. Natural disasters don’t wait for a convenient time. Prepare your home, family and community with Ready.gov. Review checklists of what to do before, during and after different types of emergency situations, like create an emergency plan and sign up for official alerts. 

Find up-to-date information on assistance and resources available to people affected by Hurricane Ida and more on USA.gov and FEMA.gov

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