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.

For comprehensive emergency shelter, housing assistance or other resources, visit:

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For information on COVID-19, visit:

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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

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.

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 2020 and 2021 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
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
Oklahoma Severe Winter Storms
(DR-4587)
February 8, 2021 - February 20, 2021 February 24, 2021
Texas Severe Winter Storms
(DR-4586)
February 11, 2021 - February 21, 2021 February 19, 2021
Alabama Hurricane Zeta
(DR-4573)
October 28, 2020 - October 29, 2020 December 10, 2020
Puerto Rico Severe Storm and Flooding
(DR-4571)
September 13, 2020 November 5, 2020
Louisiana Hurricane Delta
(DR-4570)
October 6, 2020 - October 10, 2020 October 16, 2020
California Wildfires
(DR-4569)
September 14, 2020 and continuing October 16, 2020
Florida Hurricane Sally
(DR-4564)
September 14, 2020 and continuing September 23, 2020
Oregon Wildfires and Straight-line Winds
(DR-4562)
September 7, 2020 and continuing September 15, 2020
Puerto Rico Hurricane Isaias
(DR-4560)
July 29-31, 2020 September 9, 2020

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