Sept. 13, 2017

When a catastrophe like Hurricane Harvey or Hurricane Irma happens, your world can be turned upside down. During these tough times, it may be difficult to know who to trust and where to look for guidance and assistance, as well as what financial steps to take as you begin recovering. These are a few organizations that can help immediately after a natural disaster:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website will help you find up-to-date resources and information.

The Red Cross can help you find aid and shelters. Local organizations will establish shelters and provide vouchers for meals, clothing and a limited amount of personal goods.

The Disaster Assistance Improvement Program (DAIP) can provide disaster survivors with information, support, services, and a way to access and apply for disaster assistance.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has compiled a list of steps and resources you can take beyond these measures in its financial toolkit for victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. To access the toolkit, click here.