How to Recover and Rebuild from a Natural Disaster


Whether you have just survived a house fire or a hurricane the recovery process can be long, frustrating and costly.  You may have lost your home and your property.  Now you are asked to rebuild your home and your life.

Emergency response can bring you through the initial danger and will stabilize the situation but you need much more for the long term effort to rebuild your property and your life.  Thankfully there are resources nationally from the Red Cross, FEMA, SBA and from local groups that can help but expect the recovery process to be:

  1. Very slow
  2. Tons of paperwork
  3. A lot of confusing information from a lot of sources
  4. Expensive

Planning ahead to protect your vital papers and your finances is critical.  Ensure you can access records of assets owned, bank and credit account information and insurance policies.  Set aside an emergency fund to cover at least three months of expenses.  Remember mortgage and note payments still come due each month.

What will you do if you are unable to work or lose your source of income?  If you can work, how will you manage the time demanded by the recovery effort?

Working with your neighbors is vital to help a community to recover together.

Learn more now with a great publication   “Rebuilding After a Disaster – Everything you need to know to plan for a successful recovery.” by our friends at www.firelilyfund.com.  Download a free copy from their site and keep it handy.

Firelilly also provides a unique service sponsoring crowdfunding specifically for disaster recovery for families and communities.


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