Are you in Florence’s path? As early as Thursday, people in the Carolinas and Virginia will start to feel the effects of the storm. And FEMA is warning that anyone in a mandatory evacuation zone should get out as soon as possible.
There isn’t any safe way to avoid a natural disaster, other than getting out of the way. But the federal government offers resources to help people avoid disaster during a storm, and recover as smoothly as possible after a storm.
FEMA advises anyone who needs a safe place to shelter to text SHELTER and their ZIP code (i.e. SHELTER 12345) to 4FEMA (43362) to find an open emergency shelter near you.
Whether you’ve evacuated or not, you can follow FEMA on social media for updated information. Local and state officials are also sharing critical updates on social media – follow South Carolina Emergency Management Division, NC Emergency Management, and Virginia Department of Emergency Management
After a storm, FEMA continues to coordinate federal recovery assistance efforts. But many federal agencies are involved in these efforts. The U.S. Department of Labor oversees Disaster Unemployment Assistance. DUA provides financial assistance to people who loses income—either as an employee or a self-employed individual—due to a declared natural disaster. Learn more about the Department of Labor’s Severe Storm and Flood Recovery Assistance.
The U.S. Department of Labor also sponsors the CareerOneStop Disaster Recovery Services website, which provides quick access to a range of employment and related resources for individuals and businesses impacted by natural disasters.
Visit Disaster Recovery Services to find:
- State and federal resources
- Unemployment Insurance
- Job assistance
- Community resources
- Family Assistance Program