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Disaster Recovery Preparedness Month

disaster recovery 2 Facebook ImageApril is Disaster Recovery Preparedness Month. Should disaster strike, the State of Illinois is prepared to help people recover. There are many other volunteer organizations that can help, as well.

What should I do after a disaster?

  • Check on your family’s physical health and the safety of your home
  • If you have property damage, contact your insurance company and your local emergency management or law enforcement agency to ensure your damage is included in a possible state or federal disaster declaration
  • Replenish your emergency supplies
  • For more information on what to do after specific disasters, click here.

How do I avoid becoming a victim of a scam?

  • Do not use contractors that demand a large sum of money before assessment or repairs
  • Never give out personal information over the phone
  • FEMA and the State of Illinois do not endorse any contractors
  • FEMA and the Small Business Administration do not charge applicants for disaster assistance or inspections
  • If you believe someone who contacted you is running a scam, please contact your local law enforcement agency or the Illinois Attorney General’s office

Who will help me after a disaster?

  • Legitimate, volunteer agencies like the American Red Cross
  • FEMA takes online applications for assistance here.
  • The State of Illinois offers assistance here.

How can I help my community after a disaster?

  • There are a number of volunteer opportunities to help a community recover from a disaster. To sign up, click here.
  • For more disaster recovery advice, click here.