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 email@example.com. Please type “DART” on the subject line.
This guide will provides information to assist housing counseling agencies successfully develop an Emergency Preparedness Plan.
This document contains a comprehensive list of website resources to help housing counseling agencies assist and prepare their community for a disaster.
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.
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 Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding
|May 17, 2021 - May 21, 2021||June 2, 2021|
|West Virginia Severe Storms and Flooding
|February 27, 2021 - March 4, 2021||May 20, 2021|
|Tennessee Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding
|March 25, 2021 - April 3, 2021||May 8, 2021|
|Alabama Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, and Tornadoes
|March 25, 2021 - March 26, 2021||April 26, 2021|
|Kentucky Severe, Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides
|February 27, 2021 - March 14, 2021||April 23, 2021|
|Oklahoma Severe Winter Storms
|February 8, 2021 - February 20, 2021||February 24, 2021|
|Texas Severe Winter Storms
|February 11, 2021 - February 21, 2021||February 19, 2021|
|Alabama Hurricane Zeta
|October 28, 2020 - October 29, 2020||December 10, 2020|
|Puerto Rico Severe Storm and Flooding
|September 13, 2020||November 5, 2020|
|Louisiana Hurricane Delta
|October 6, 2020 - October 10, 2020||October 16, 2020|
|September 14, 2020 and continuing||October 16, 2020|
|Florida Hurricane Sally
|September 14, 2020 and continuing||September 23, 2020|
|Oregon Wildfires and Straight-line Winds
|September 7, 2020 and continuing||September 15, 2020|
|Puerto Rico Hurricane Isaias
|July 29-31, 2020||September 9, 2020|
|Louisiana Hurricane Laura
|August 22-27, 2020||August 28, 2020|
|August 14, 2020 and continuing||August 22, 2020|
For a complete list of FEMA Declarations, visit the FEMA webpage.
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.
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.
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.
For information on COVID-19, visit the COVID-19 Emergency Information for Housing Counselors page.