Disaster and Emergency News and Resources for Housing Counselors

This page contains a collection of news, resources, and guidance to assist housing counselors with response and recovery efforts specific to disasters and emergencies. Launched in 2017 following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, this page is updated frequently with the latest information and links related to each new disaster that occurs.


Reminder: Housing Counseling Handbook 7610.1, Chapter 5-11, B. 3-d, requires when any aspect of an agency’s purpose is impaired and can no longer comply with programmatic requirements, regulations or grant agreement (e.g., not functioning due to a disaster or emergency) the agency must notify HUD (their point of contact) within 15 days. Please send your questions to housing.counseling@hud.gov. Please type “DART” on the subject line.

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HUD Disaster Resources

Office of Housing Counseling Resources

Housing Counseling Disaster Recovery Toolkit

This online guide was created to help HCAs prepare for disaster events and engage with local partners that receive funding following disasters.

Housing Counseling Disaster Recovery Toolkit

NewReporting Disaster Counseling on the HUD-9902 Form

The revised Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 HUD-9902 form includes reporting data for disaster education, one-on-one disaster counseling, and impact of one-on-one disaster counseling. This document captures the modifications made to the HUD-9902 form to include disaster counseling.

Disaster Recovery Flyers

These flyers are a helpful tool when participating in short-term and long-term disaster recovery outreach events in your area. Flyers are available in multiple languages and color schemes.

Coping with Trauma After a Disaster Occurs Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides a list of resources and steps you can take when approach coping with the trauma associated with disasters; however, it is always recommended that individuals utilize the benefit of helplines and other mental health professionals as you navigate your trauma.

Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Group Education Materials

These emergency and disaster preparedness group education materials are available for housing counselors to customize as part of their group education.

Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Webinars

This collection of webinars hosted by the Office of Housing Counseling helps agencies learn how to prepare for a disaster and ensure continuity of operations during an emergency. Counselors will also gain access to tools and resources to assist clients and their families in disaster preparedness and recovery.

Emergency Preparedness Guide for Housing Counseling Agencies

This guide will provides information to assist housing counseling agencies successfully develop an Emergency Preparedness Plan.

Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Resources for Housing Counseling Agencies

This document contains a comprehensive list of website resources to help housing counseling agencies assist and prepare their community for a disaster.

Other HUD Resources

Disaster Recovery Trainings for Housing Counselors

For upcoming housing counseling trainings, check the Housing Counseling Training Digest, updated weekly.

For a complete list of Housing Counseling Disaster Recovery Webinars, visit Housing Counseling Webinar Archive: Select Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Section.

National and Federal Partner Resources

Recent FEMA Declarations

This page collects the 2021 and 2022 disaster declarations made by FEMA where individual assistance is offered. Search Your Location on FEMA's website to find active and past disaster declarations and helpful resources specific to your state or territory.

Disaster Incident Period Declaration Date
Puerto Rico Severe Storm, Flooding, and Landslides
(DR-4649)
February 4, 2022 - February 6, 2022 March 29, 2022
Tennessee Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, and Tornadoes
(DR-4637)
December 10, 2021 - December 11, 2021 January 14, 2022
Washington Flooding and Mudslides
(DR-4635)
November 13, 2021 - November 15, 2021 January 5, 2022
Colorado Wildfires and Straight-line Winds
(DR-4634)
December 30, 2021 - January 7, 2021 December 31, 2021
Arkansas Severe Storms and Tornadoes
(DR-4633)
December 10, 2021 - December 11, 2021 December 23, 2021
Alabama Severe Storms and Flooding
(DR-4632)
October 6, 2021 - October 7, 2021 December 21, 2021
Kentucky Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, Flooding, and Tornadoes
(DR-4630)
December 10, 2021 - December 11, 2021 December 12, 2021
Connecticut Remnants of Hurricane Ida
(DR-4629)
September 1, 2021 - September 2, 2021 October 30, 2021
Mississippi Hurricane Ida
(DR-4626)
August 28, 2021 - September 1, 2021 October 22, 2021
Pennsylvania Remnants of Hurricane Ida
(DR-4618)
August 31, 2021 - September 5, 2021 September 10, 2021
North Carolina Remnants of Tropical Storm Fred
(DR-4617)
August 16, 2021 - August 18, 2021 September 8, 2021
New York Remnants of Hurricane Ida
(DR-4615)
September 1, 2021 - September 3, 2021 September 5, 2021
New Jersey Remnants of Hurricane Ida
(DR-4614)
September 1, 2021 - September 3, 2021 August 29, 2021
Louisiana Hurricane Ida
(DR-4611)
August 26, 2021 and continuing August 29, 2021
California Wildfires
(DR-4610)
July 14, 2021 and continuing August 24, 2021
Tennessee Severe Storm and Flooding
(DR-4609)
August 21, 2021 August 23, 2021
Michigan Severe Storms, Flooding, and Tornadoes
(DR-4607)
June 25, 2021 - June 26, 2021 July 15, 2021
Louisiana Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding
(DR-4606)
May 17, 2021 - May 21, 2021 June 2, 2021
West Virginia Severe Storms and Flooding
(DR-4605)
February 27, 2021 - March 4, 2021 May 20, 2021
Tennessee Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding
(DR-4601)
March 25, 2021 - April 3, 2021 May 8, 2021
Alabama Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, and Tornadoes
(DR-4596)
March 25, 2021 - March 26, 2021 April 26, 2021
Kentucky Severe, Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides
(DR-4595)
February 27, 2021 - March 14, 2021 April 23, 2021

For a complete list of FEMA Declarations, visit the FEMA webpage.

2021 Major Disasters

Hurricane Ida

U.S. Census Bureau Resources: The U.S. Census Bureau produces timely local data that are critical to emergency planning, preparedness, and recovery efforts. Demographic and economic data for counties in AL, AR, KY, LA, MS, MO, OK, TN, and TX can be found on the 2021 Hurricane Ida response page. This page will be updated as needed to cover impacted counties and cities.

USA.gov Resources: Disasters and Emergencies (English | Spanish)

FEMA Resources: Ida Response Updates

2020 Major Disasters

Western Wildfires

Western states are experiencing an unprecedented 2020 fire season. As of early September 2020, over 85 western wildfires are occurring primarily in California, Washington, and Oregon. The National Interagency Fire Center has more information on the many fires.

FEMA Declarations:

The governors of Washington and Oregon have declared state emergencies:

It is important that you, your agencies, and your clients in a wildfire-prone area are prepared. Ready.gov/wildfires has important tips and guidance for before, during and after a wildfire. Per Ready.gov/kit, families should prepare an emergency kit for supplies for at least 3 days.

Agencies in wildfire-prone areas should have a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) and an Emergency Response Plan in place.

Hurricanes

The 2020 Hurricane season is a very active one. So far this season there have been 20 named storms, whereas the average for a typical entire season is 12. Hurricanes are dangerous and can cause major damage because of storm surge, wind damage, and flooding. They can happen along any U.S. coast or in any territory in the Atlantic or Pacific oceans. Storm surge is historically the leading cause of hurricane-related deaths in the United States.

It is important that you, your agencies, and your clients in a hurricane area are prepared. Ready.gov/hurricanes has important tips and guidance for before, during, and after a hurricane. Regularly visit fema.gov for updates on hurricane disaster declaration.

FEMA released guidance on how to prepare in case of two or more disaster declarations in Louisiana. This guidance helps Hurricane Laura survivors already registered with FEMA to prepare in case they may be affected by Hurricane Delta.

COVID-19

For information on COVID-19, visit the COVID-19 Emergency Information for Housing Counselors page.

2017 Major Disasters

California Fires

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Nate