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Recovery Resources: Financial Issues

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This online tool allows you to calculate the cost of running appliances and equipment.  When homeowners experience a flood, the drying fans, heaters, and dehumidifiers use a lot of electricity.  Often, this type of equipment can run for days.  Use this calculator to help you estimate the cost of those running appliances. provides information on how you might be able to get help from the U.S. Government before, during and after a disaster.  If the President of the United States makes help available to individuals in your community after a disaster, you can visit this site to apply online.

Disaster Losses – Help from the IRS
The IRS offers several resources regarding disaster assistance and emergency relief.  Find out about special tax law provisions that may help taxpayers and businesses recover financially from the impact of a disaster.

Replacements Ltd – New and Old China, Crystal and Dinnerware
This site claims the world’s largest selection of old & new dinnerware, including china, stoneware, crystal, glassware, silver, stainless, and collectibles.  A helpful resource to price lost items that may be difficult to find new.

How to cut your costs when coping with disaster
This story written for families dealing with recovery from Hurricane Irene, gives financial advice for any disaster survivor and steps to take with your insurance company.

Guide to the Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance Programs
Find out about the SBA’s role in Disaster Recovery, and learn about the various programs are engaged to support disaster survivors.  You will find an overview of the financial aid and disaster-related loans available in times of need. is here to serve you! Find more than 1,000 Federal and state benefits including housing, food/nutrition, education, grants/loans, disaster relief and Medicare/Medicaid. Click the “Benefit Finder” button on the homepage to begin your search to find out which government benefits you may be eligible to receive.

Picking Up the Pieces – By American Red Cross Disaster Services (PDF)
In addition to the physical and emotional impact of a disaster, you may also face financial challenges in the days, weeks and even months or years ahead. Of course, ensuring your family’s physical safety is your first priority. Afterward, you can begin to take the practical steps described in this PDF booklet to recover your financial well-being.

Video: Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company Grants for Fire Departments

Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company supports firefighters for safer communities by awarding grants for equipment, training and community education programs. Learn more about the program and how it works from this video.