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  • After the disaster, there are many things to consider. These resources can help. If you need immediate housing assistance, visit the Emergency Shelter page. Learn about various financial resources, including disaster assistance loans offered for homeowners and renters by the Small Business Administration (SBA).

    Returning Home

    Recovering from Disaster (PDF, 4 MB) - Advice on steps to take after disaster strikes in order to begin getting your home, your community and your life back to normal. (FEMA)

    Returning Home Guidelines - Tips to consider before you return to your home. (

  • Cleaning Up the Damage

    Dealing with Debris and Damaged Buildings - A compilation of general precautions to observe when entering damaged homes and buildings. (Environmental Protection Agency)

    Flood Cleanup and the Air in Your Home (PDF, 1 MB) - A publication discussing the air quality issues of mold and how to clean up effectively after a flood. (Environmental Protection Agency)

    After the Fire: Returning to Normal (PDF, 408 KB) - Information on what to expect and how to handle the damage after a fire. (FEMA)

    Saving Family Treasures - Guidelines for the care of some common materials, like family papers, books and photographs, affected by a natural disaster. (National Archives)

  • Rebuilding Stronger and Safer

    Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction Resources - Information available to assist with reconstruction following Hurricane Sandy. (FEMA)

    Disaster Specific Information for Rebuilding - Resources to help homeowners rebuild and prevent damage from a variety of hazards, including flood and wind, earthquakes, wildfires, snow and multi-hazards. (FEMA)

    Building Codes Toolkit - Guidance and tools on building codes for property owners, engineers and design professionals, building code officials and the general public. (FEMA)

    Rebuilding Resources- Resources to clean your home and rebuild smarter and safer. (FEMA)

  • Rebuilding Greener

    My Community Renewable Energy Resources Tool - Planning tool about adding renewable energy resources to a community. (Department of Energy)

    Solar Energy Calculator - The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has a tool that can estimate solar energy production and cost to help you decide if it is right for your home or business. (Department of Energy)

    Renewable Energy Atlas - Interactive mapping tool to show renewable energy resources available in your area. (Department of Energy)

    Energy Star Products - Listing of all energy efficient products and appliances with an Energy Star rating. (Environmental Protection Agency)

    Water Conserving Products - Listing of all appliances and products with a WaterSense efficiency label. (Environmental Protection Agency)