There are lots of things to think about when you return home or face the need to rebuild after a disaster. The resources below can help.
If you need immediate housing, visit our Emergency Shelter page.
Learn about financial resources, including disaster assistance loans offered for homeowners and renters by the Small Business Administration (SBA).
Recovering from Disaster (PDF, 4 MB) - Get advice for you and your family on safety, health, and mental well-being after a disaster. This guide offers tips about returning home, seeking help, coping, and helping others. (FEMA)
Returning Home Guidelines - Learn what you should do before you enter your home after a disaster. When you do go inside, learn about things you need to watch out for. Also learn what you might need to track for insurance. (Ready.gov)
Cleaning Up the Damage
Dealing with Debris and Damaged Buildings - View topics on hazards you may find when you return to your home or business after a disaster. Learn how to safely handle different hazards. This may include structurally unsound buildings and chemical spills. (Environmental Protection Agency)
Flood Cleanup and the Air in Your Home (PDF, 1 MB) - Learn how to properly clean up after a flood and about the air quality and health hazards of mold. Find out what you should wear and the equipment you need to have to clean safely. (Environmental Protection Agency)
After the Fire: Returning to Normal (PDF, 408 KB) - Learn what to expect after a fire, how to find a place to stay, and what you can do to care for your family and pets. There are also tips and a checklist of next steps to begin recovery. (FEMA)
Saving Family Treasures - Find guidelines on how to care for materials affected by a disaster. Things like paper records, books, photos, film, and magnetic media, like audio, video, and computer disks. (National Archives)
Rebuilding Stronger and Safer
Safer, Stronger, Protected Homes, and Communities - Find a list of resources to help home and business owners rebuild and prevent future damage from different hazards. You can learn about what mitigation is and why it matters. (FEMA)
Building Codes Toolkit - Get guidance and tools on building codes that anyone can use. The guidance is based on best practices and input from field experts as well as FEMA standards. (FEMA)
Energy Technologies - Get information on clean energy technologies that communities can use to lower energy use and costs. Learn about energy efficiency, renewable energy, and transportation. You can also learn how to develop an energy project for your community. (Department of Energy)
PVWatts Calculator - Use this National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) tool to estimate grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) energy production and cost. These details can help you decide if solar energy is right for your home or business. (Department of Energy)
Renewable Energy Atlas - View this interactive map to get a list of the renewable energy sources available in your area. You can expand the lists to see more details on each source. (Department of Energy)
Energy Star Products - Get a list of all products that have an Energy Star rating. You can get details on each product that may include an overview, specifications, and a buying guide. Some products may also show a link to find and compare products. (Environmental Protection Agency)
Water-saving Products - Learn about WaterSense and the products that carry the label. Search to find a product you need by category and brand. You can also find out how much water, energy, and money you can save by using these products. (Environmental Protection Agency)
Last Updated: 12/23/2014