When a Catastrophe Strikes

When a Catastrophe Strikes

Catastrophic events can include both human caused and natural disasters.  Examples of natural disasters include tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes and prolonged droughts.  Examples of human-caused disasters include infectious disease outbreaks, industrial accidents, acts of terrorism, and incidents of mass violence.  

Choose a catastrophic event and imagine what types of aid you and your family might be eligible for. 

  • Describe your disaster in some detail.
  • Identify the Stafford Act and the Joint or Non-Stafford Act programs that you might turn to for assistance. 
  • What is the process for applying for this assistance? 
  • What are your options if you are denied?
  • What aspects of the disaster are not covered by this assistance?

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