Disaster Relief, Recovery and Preparedness
Hurricane season is officially June through November, although as our climate changes, it seems to be extending. For example, the first such "storm system" formed in late May in 2018. That means planning and preparation needs to be an ongoing process. Likewise, while coastal areas are hardest hit, associated heavy rains and flooding often occur miles away. Even areas not typically prone to heavy rains are being hit these days, making floods the most common natural disaster in the United States. In fact, more than 20 percent of flood claims come from properties outside high-risk flood zones.
NeighborWorks network members in coastal areas and elsewhere have deep, on-the-ground experience in helping residents and communities prepare for, survive and recover from natural disasters such as hurricanes. Our organizations are there even when first-responders have moved on to the next emergency, providing services, counseling and referrals to aid in a recovery that can require years.
NeighborWorks responds to Hurricane Harvey
Many NeighborWorks America employees worked to help residents impacted by the hurricanes that hit Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
For community development professionals
NeighborWorks America is here to help. Use our comprehensive disaster recovery guides to plan for and help your community recover from natural disasters.
We also offer:
- An infographic on how to avoid fraudulent contractors.
- Periodic blog posts that share the experience of network members and experts so others can benefit. You might find this one on things you might overlook during planning to be especially helpful.
- Grants and technical assistance when required.
- Professional development, certifications and place-based training to help you plan ahead with your community and partners and respond effectively after disasters.
NEW! One-Week Certification in Disaster Preparation and Response
As part of the New Orleans Training Institute, NeighborWorks is offering a new One-Week Certificate in Disaster Preparation and Response. This very special three-course certificate is designed for community leaders, community organizers, and organizational leadership. This certificate will be offered once a year.
For residents of hurricane-affected areas
Ready.gov provides tips for preparing, surviving and recovering from hurricanes and the side effects in further-flung communities.