Once the immediate crisis of a disaster has passed, a community’s long term recovery can take years. Rebuilding Together is committed to this recovery process, rebuilding neighborhoods and helping families return home. Low-income homeowners are among the most vulnerable and least able to repair or replace a damaged home. We need your help.
After a natural disaster, Rebuilding Together works with its local affiliate to assess a community’s recovery needs. We act in partnership with other recovery programs as part of an organized and efficient process, seeking to deliver a broad range of services and working towards the goal of full community re-stabilization.
Rebuilding Together has participated on a national level in disaster recovery efforts throughout the country, notably after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, the Nashville floods in 2010, the tornados and hurricanes throughout the southern states in 2011.
Rebuilding Together is a member of National VOAD, a coalition of nonprofit organizations that respond to disasters as part of their overall mission.
If your home was damaged:
- Be safe! Do not attempt to recover lost or damaged items until it is safe to do so!
- If you have insurance, be sure to wait to attempt reconstruction until you have navigated the claims process. Beginning repairs right away may harm your chances to collect insurance.
- Find a reputable contractor. Use online tools like HomeAdvisor, check references, work with accredited professionals from Skilled Trades Organizations (UASRC, NARI, ASHI, NRCA, etc.). Additional tips from NARI on how to avoid being a victim of disaster reconstruction fraud can be found here.
- Ask questions and get friends and family involved. You do not have to do it alone.
- If you do not have the resources to make your home safe and healthy, contact local charitable organizations and/or look for your local Rebuilding Together.
- Additional information on what to do if your home has flooding can be found here on the floodsmart.gov site.
Additional Disaster Assistance Information from FEMA:
- Register online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
- Register through a web-enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov.
- Call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week during a crisis.
- In addition to these three ways to apply, you can also find a disaster recovery center in your area on your smartphone.
Rebuilding After Hurricane Sandy
In the first year after the storm we met the home repair and rehabilitation needs of over 200 homeowners. As resources are available, we will continue to meet the need of additional homeowners impacted by this devastating storm.
Learn more about our Superstorm Sandy efforts here: www.rebuildingtogether.org/sandy
After Katrina: Rebuild 1000
After hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Rebuilding Together affiliate network came together around a promise to rebuild 1,000 homes along the Gulf Coast. We reached this goal in November 2011, and continue to rebuild.
Rebuilding Together’s Disaster Recovery: A Homeowner’s Perspective.
Ms. Sara’s home was rebuilt post Hurricane Katrina. Watch her story in the video below. And to help more homeowners like Ms. Sara, make a donation today.