Hurricane Irma Resources: How to Prepare and Recover Financially

InCharge has compiled a list of resource links for those affected by Hurricane Irma. InCharge urges its employees, clients and Florida neighbors to take precautions and remain safe during and after the storm.

If you are in the path of Hurricane Irma, take steps to prepare for the storm.

  1. Evacuate if you can.
  2. Buy water and nonperishable food in the event that utilities are disrupted by the storm.
  3. Charge your phone and computers. In the absence of a generator, a fully charged laptop or tablet can be used to recharge a phone.
  4. Fill your cars with gas.
  5. Secure your outdoor items, either by bringing them inside or weighing them down with sandbags. If you can’t get sandbags, fill garbage bags with dirt.

How to Prepare for Disaster

https://www.ready.gov/

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/natural-disasters/hurricane-safety-tips/

Monitoring the Storm and Aftermath

If you have internet access, you can monitor the hurricane on the following websites. If you lose internet, but still have electricity, tune in to your local National Public Radio Station.

https://www.ventusky.com/

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/

http://www.miamiherald.com/

http://www.ouc.com/residential/stormcenter

https://www.npr.org

Financial Relief Resources

In the event that you have suffered financial loss due to a hurricane, including damage to your home and vehicles, your first step is to contact your insurance company. Hold times will be high in the days following a disaster, but be patient.

Here are additional resources:

The Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/recovering-financially

Disaster Assistance: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/

Federal Emergency Management Agency: https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma

USA.gov: https://www.usa.gov/disaster-financial-help

VA guidance on natural disasters:
https://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/documents/docs/va_policy_regarding_natural_disasters.pdf

Student disaster aid: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/about/announcements/disaster

US211 disaster assistance:http://www.211.org/services/disaster-assistance

Karen Carlson
kcarlson@incharge.org

Karen Carlson is a personal finance expert and writer. Her financial advice has been published in Time, US News & World Report and Fox Business News. Carlson is an Emmy Award-winning producer of educational television and recent nominee for NFCC Financial Educator of the Year.