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Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Resources

These federal resources can help communities prepare for disasters and respond and recover after they happen.

Disaster Preparedness to Promote Community Resilience: Information and Tools for Homeless Service Providers and Disaster Professionals (VA, HHS, HUD)

This toolkit provides an overview of challenges that may occur during disaster-caused disruptions and the impact these challenges pose for individuals experiencing homelessness. It provides guidance for identifying and collaborating with partners to address disaster response and recovery needs, and it outlines strategies to prepare and minimize service disruption. 

Disaster Recovery Homelessness Toolkit (HUD)

This toolkit helps communities address the needs of people experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable populations through comprehensive disaster planning, response and recovery, and long-term recovery. The toolkit takes local governments, service providers, and others through the process of planning and implementing a disaster response and recovery effort that serves all members of their community.

National Mass Care Strategy (FEMA and American Red Cross)

The National Mass Care Strategy provides resources related to immediate emergency response, including, sheltering, feeding, distributing emergency supplies, reunifying families, providing immediate access to health, and emotional and spiritual health services, and accessing information.

The updated Appendix F: Transition to Alternate Sheltering and Housing Solutions Considerations outlines a locally-led, multi-agency approach for transition to alternate sheltering.

Affected by the hurricanes? Access disaster recovery information from:

The Department of Housing and Urban Development 

The Department of Labor

The Office of Head Start