Who Will Help You After a Disaster?
After a storm, local and regional authorities — such as police officers, firefighters, ambulance services and state or municipal service workers — may be dispatched to severely affected areas. Here's what to know.
What To Do
Pay close attention to instructions from emergency management and law enforcement agencies.
Listen to your radio for updates on where to go for assistance. Media will be doing their best to keep local, state and federal information coming to you.
Call the Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767).
WHN Tip: Be sure to notify your insurance agency of what happened.
WHN Reader Tip: Cell Phone Updates
Can't get any local stations on your radio? If you can, use your cell phone to call a relative away from the affected area and ask them what the national news cable stations are reporting about your situation. Use this time to update your family on your condition.
Who To Call
WHN Tip: Read our article Helping Others Hit by Disaster for a list of agencies that provide disaster relief.
Depending upon the extent of the damage, relief organizations may or may not arrive at the storm scene. However, even if a representative is not there, the organization may be able to help you.
Contact these groups for information and possible assistance. Give them your current contact details, the details of the damage and a list of your immediate needs, such as:
- Clean-up kit
- Hearing aids or other prosthetic devices
- Other essential items
- Other physical aids
- Pet needs
- Temporary housing
The American Red Cross may be able to provide you with a voucher to purchase new clothing, groceries, essential medications, bedding, essential furnishings, and other items to meet emergency needs.
Types of agencies
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