Current Disaster Resources

This page features information related to current disasters within the United States and its territories on the top of the page when available. Below those Current Disaster Resources, we have listed information for national and state-specific general emergency resources.

NOTE: FOR INFORMATION ABOUT EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, INCLUDING COVID-19 RELIEF GRANTS, VISIT THE “EMERGENCY GRANTS” PAGE. FOR ARTISTS AFFECTED BY RECENT DISASTERS, PLEASE SEE THE STATE-BY-STATE AND TERRITORY DISASTER RESOURCES BELOW, AS WELL AS THE DISCIPLINE-SPECIFIC CURRENT DISASTER RESOURCES.

NATIONAL DISASTER RESOURCES & INFORMATION

2-1-1
Call 2-1-1 to be connected with health and human services in your area, providing services like food banks, clothing closets, shelters, rent assistance, utility assistance and physical and mental health resources.

American Red Cross
For immediate support, contact your local Red Cross chapter, which can be found by entering your zipcode here.

  • Shelter – The Red Cross “Find Shelter” tool pulls information from the National Shelter System and allows people to view a Google map of open Red Cross shelter locations and search for shelters closest to their location. Shelters that are currently open will be displayed on the map or in the search results.
  • Safe and Well List – The American Red Cross has provided a way for those affected by a disaster to register as safe and well, and for concerned family and friends to search for the status of their loved ones.
  • Disaster and Safety Library – a variety of safety guides for different types of disasters.
  • @RedCross – Official twitter account for the American Red Cross. Follow them for disaster and preparedness updates.

Catholic Charities USA
Catholic Charities’ relief and recovery services are provided on a regional level, and respond to the need for emergency food, shelter, direct financial assistance, counseling, and support. Other Catholic Charities services include financial, medical and utilities assistance, clothing, housing, health care, and child care. This site provides links to local branches, each of which provides direct assistance.

Center for Disease Control (CDC)
The CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response website is CDC’s primary source of information and resources for preparing for and responding to public health emergencies.

Disaster SNAP/Food Stamp Program
The Disaster SNAP/Food Stamp Program provides replacement benefits for regular food stamp recipients who lose food in a disaster and extends benefits to many households which would not ordinarily be eligible but suddenly need food assistance. The benefits are delivered via Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, which can expedite and mainstream the relief process for victims. Contact your state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to apply.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance
Information on disaster unemployment assistance, which provides unemployment benefits to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster declared by the President of the United States.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
The primary mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the Nation from all hazards, including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters, by leading and supporting the Nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation.

  • DisasterAssistance.gov has compiled disaster resources and services from several U.S. government agencies in a simple website where you can apply for numerous programs through a single application.
  • Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) provides money and services to people in a disaster area when losses are not covered by insurance and property has been damaged or destroyed. The best way to register online is at DisasterAssistance.gov or through the FEMA Mobile App.
  • Text Message Assistance To search for open shelters: text SHELTER and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA). To search for open Disaster Recovery Centers, text: DRC and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA).
  • FEMA Interim Housing Resources lists relevant programs that provide housing assistance.

Ready.gov – Detailed guides on what to do before, during, and after specific emergency situations, compiled by FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security.

Recovers.org – A website with local hubs for emergency recovery, including resource, assistance requests, and volunteer/donation opportunities.

Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services provides food and shelter in times of disaster. Contact information for local branches on the website.

Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and most private nonprofit organizations. SBA disaster loans can be used to repair or replace the following items damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster: real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, and inventory and business assets.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Among the services provided by the St. Vincent de Paul Society are emergency financial assistance, emergency transportation and disaster relief and victim services. This website allows users to search for local councils offering assistance.

STATE RESOURCE DIRECTORIES

STATE-BY-STATE AND TERRITORY DISASTER RESOURCES 

ALABAMA

Alabama Emergency Management Agency 
Clanton, Alabama
(205) 280-2476

Ready Alabama
Montgomery, AL
334-242-1549

ALASKA
AMERICAN SAMOA GOVERNMENT

American Samoa Territorial Emergency Management Coordination (TEMCO)
Pago Pago, American Samoa
(011)(684) 699-6415

ARIZONA

Arizona Division of Emergency Management
Phoenix, Arizona
(800) 411-2336 | (602) 244-0504

ARKANSAS

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management
North Little Rock, Arkansas 
(501) 683-6700 

CALIFORNIA
COLORADO
CONNECTICUT

Connecticut Office of Emergency Management
Hartford, Connecticut 
(860) 256-0800

DELAWARE
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA / WASHINGTON, D.C.

District of Columbia Emergency Management Agency
Washington, D.C. 
(202) 727-6161

FLORIDA
GEORGIA
GUAM

Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense
Agana Heights, Guam 
Tel: (671)475-9600

HAWAII

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency
Honolulu, Hawaii 
(808) 733-4300

Get Ready Hawaii

IDAHO
ILLINOIS

Illinois Emergency Management Agency
Springfield, Illinois 
Office: (217) 782-2700 or (217) 782-2700

INDIANA

Indiana Department of Homeland Security
Indianapolis, Indiana 
(317) 232-3986

IOWA
KANSAS

Kansas Division of Emergency Management 
Topeka, Kansas 
(785) 274-1409

KS Ready

KENTUCKY

Kentucky Emergency Management 
Frankfort, Kentucky 
(502) 607-1682 or (800) 255-2587

LOUISIANA

Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness 
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 
(225) 925-7500

MAINE

Maine Emergency Management Agency 
Augusta, Maine 
(207) 624-4400

NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS

CNMI Emergency Management Office 
Saipan, Mariana Islands
(670) 322-9529

MARSHALL ISLANDS

National Disaster Management Office
Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands
(011)(692) 625-5181

MARYLAND

Maryland Emergency Management Agency 
Reistertown, Maryland 
(410) 517-3600
(877) 636-2872 Toll-Free

MASSACHUSETTS

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency 
Framingham, Massachusetts 
(508) 820-2000

MICHIGAN
MICRONESIA

Department of Environment, Climate Change & Emergency Management
Secretary: The Honorable Andrew Yatilman
Palikir Station, Pohnpei State
(691) 320-8815

MINNESOTA
MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency 
Pearl, MS 
(601) 933-6362
(800) 519-6362 Toll Free

MISSOURI

Missouri Emergency Management Agency 
Jefferson City, Missouri 
(573) 526-9100

MONTANA

Montana Division of Disaster & Emergency Services 
Fort Harrison, Montana 
(406) 324-4777

NEBRASKA

Nebraska Emergency Management Agency 
Lincoln, Nebraska 
(402) 471-7421

Be Ready Nebraska

NEVADA

Nevada Division of Emergency Management 
Carson City, Nevada 
(775) 687-0300

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Governor’s Office of Emergency Management 
Concord, New Hampshire 
(603) 271-2231

New Hampshire Ready

NEW JERSEY

New Jersey Office of Emergency Management 
West Trenton, New Jersey 
(609) 882-2000 ext 2700 Monday to Friday
(609) 963-6900 Emergency

NEW MEXICO

New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) 
Santa Fe, New Mexico
(505) 476-9600
(505) 476-9635 Emergency

NEW YORK

New York State Emergency Management Office 
Albany, New York 
(518) 292-2275

Prepare NY

NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina Division of Emergency Management 
Raleigh, N.C. 
(919) 825-2500
Emergency Management 24-Hour Operations 1-800-858-0368

Ready NC
Ready NC en español

NORTH DAKOTA

North Dakota Department of Emergency Services 
Bismarck, North Dakota 
(701) 328-8100

OHIO

Ohio Emergency Management Agency 
Columbus, Ohio 
Office: (614) 889-7150

Ready Ohio

OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management 
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 
(405) 521-2481

OREGON

Oregon Emergency Management 
Salem, Oregon 
(503) 378-2911

PALAU

National Emergency Management Office
Koror, Palau
(680) 587-6366/6367

PENNSYLVANIA
PUERTO RICO

Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency 
San Juan, Puerto Rico 
(787) 724-0124

Ayuda Legal Hurácan María: 
FEMA Appeals Model in Spanish / Apelaciones a FEMA: Modelo

RHODE ISLAND
SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina Emergency Management Division 
West Columbia, South Carolina 
(803) 737-8500

SOUTH DAKOTA

South Dakota Division of Emergency Management 
Pierre, South Dakota
(605) 773-3231

TENNESSEE

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency 
Nashville, Tennessee 
(615) 741-0001

Ready TN

TEXAS
UTAH
VERMONT

Vermont Emergency Management Agency 
Waterbury, Vermont 
(802) 244-8721
(800) 347-0488

VIRGIN ISLANDS

Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management – VITEMA
 Virgin Islands 
(340) 774-2244
(340) 774-1491

VIRGINIA

Virginia Department of Emergency Management 
Richmond, VA
(804) 897-6500

WASHINGTON

State of Washington Emergency Management Division 
Camp Murray, Washington 
(253) 512-7000
(800) 562-6108

WEST VIRGINIA

West Virginia Office of Emergency Services 
Charleston, West Virginia 
(304) 558-5380

Ready WV

WISCONSIN

Wisconsin Emergency Management
Madison, Wisconsin 
Phone: (608) 242-3232

WYOMING

Wyoming Homeland Security Training Program 
Douglas, WY 
(307) 358-1920

Image: Gabe Brown (Fellow in Painting ’18), Hi Fi, 2017, Image Courtesy: Novado Gallery