Financial Preparedness and Disasters

FEMABeing ready for disasters is more than storing water and supplies. It is also important to be financially ready. You also need to be financially ready. Starting early and having a plan to pay your bills and access your important records and accounts help you get back on your feet faster and avoid problems with your credit when you need it the most.

Pre-disaster financial planning is essential for individuals and families to complete because disasters leave many Americans without access to finances or with expensive damages.Thousands of American just like you- your neighbors
and friends- have a plan to keep their important documents in their home disaster kit.

Safe guarding your finances and important records is easy if you start now. These steps can help get you started:

1. Identify your important documents and place them in a safe place. You can use the Safeguarding Your Valuables activity and the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit to help you get started.

2. Download phone applications that can help during emergencies. Use the FEMA phone application to access disaster preparedness, response and recovery resources including disaster assistance.

3. Enroll in Go Direct to minimize disruptions to receiving any federal benefits you may receive.

4. Plan ahead of time to recover. Our partners at USDA have created great resources to help you get started including Recovery After Disaster: the Family Financial Toolkit and the Disaster Recovery Log.

This information was provided by FEMA. Click here for more information.


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