Disaster Assistance is available for affected individuals and businesses after a Presidential disaster declaration. The first step for individuals or businesses that require assistance is to call the Federal Emergency Management Agency at 1-800-637-3362. Once an application is processed, further assistance may be coordinated through a Disaster Recovery Center established in declared counties or regionally. Representatives of federal, state, local, and volunteer organizations are made available to help disaster victims who are applying for assistance.
There are a wide range of individual disaster assistance programs available from The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Federal Emergency management Administration (FEMA), as well as other State, Federal, and voluntary agencies.
Your best defense again any disaster is to be properly prepared. Look below for resources that can help you and your business be ready for any disaster.
US Small Business Administration (SBA) Rhode Island District Office
SBA Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Assistance
SBA Disaster Loans
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Disaster Assistance and Emergency Relief for Individuals and Businesses
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Emergency Response Resources
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO)
FEMA Independent Study Program
IS-394.a Protecting Your Home or Small Business From Disaster
IS-546.a Continuity of Operations Awareness Course
IS-547.a Introduction to Continuity of Operations
IS-548 Continuity of Operations (COOP) Program Manager
IS-660 Introduction to Public-Private Partnerships
Private Sector Preparedness