In the wake of a far-reaching natural disasters like Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Jose, our nation's hearts and resources are immediately directed to those communities facing a long road to recovery – and that includes our community nonprofits. You might not realize it, but FEMA assistance is available for nonprofits affected by federal emergencies, including those that provide essential services in critical and non-critical capacities.
To find out more about the requirements and the process, check out this article from a claims expert who has worked to secure FEMA support for nonprofits.
You can also watch this video, produced by FEMA, discussing the importance of nonprofits in a disaster, and their eligibility for assistance. If you need assistance, be sure to check the FEMA.gov site for up-to-date instructions on applying. A page dedicated to Hurricane Harvey resources is already live.
In addition, if you are or want to be part of the disaster preparedness effort in your area, FEMA partners with community-based organizations to coordinate efforts and provide in-person support.