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Resources for Individuals, Families and Caregivers

In order to respond to an emergency or disaster in a community, every individual, family, caregiver, and aging services network professional must have a well-developed personal preparedness and response plan. These resources and links can assist you in developing plans suited to your individual needs, across a wide variety of disaster and emergency situations, as well as provide information about possible sources of assistance following a disaster. Resources for The Aging Services Network and Other Professionals All segments of the national Aging Services Network have important roles and responsibilities in emergency preparedness and response activities. The information in this section is intended to provide tools and resources that will assist you in developing and establishing priorities, best practices and actions in preparing for, and responding to, an emergency or disaster.

Preparing for an Emergency or Disaster

The following resources can assist individuals, families and their caregivers in preparing and planning for an emergency or disaster.

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Seeking Assistance Following an Emergency or Disaster

  • Eldercare Locator
    If you know the number of your local Area Agency on Aging, call it first. If you do not know the number, the Eldercare Locator is the first step to finding resources for older adults in any U.S. community. Enter the zip code, city, or county to locate state and local aging offices in your state.
  • Applying for Assistance
  • Small Business Administration Disaster Loans
    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) can make federally subsidized loans to repair or replace homes, personal property or businesses that sustained damages not covered by insurance. The Small Business Administration can provide three types of disaster loans to qualified homeowners and businesses:
    • home disaster loans to homeowners and renters to repair or replace disaster-related damages to home or personal property,
    • business physical disaster loans to business owners to repair or replace disaster-damaged property, including inventory, and supplies; and
    • economic injury disaster loans, which provide capital to small businesses and to small agricultural cooperatives to assist them through the disaster recovery period.
    For many individuals the SBA disaster loan program is the primary form of disaster assistance.

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