Disaster planning and recovery is important for small businesses. In light of the impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we are providing some vetted links to support those who are either preparing for, or recovering from these catastrophic natural disasters.
To find shelter in a disaster emergency, text SHELTER and your zip code to 4FEMA (43362). You can also download the FEMA App which provides alerts from the National Weather Service, shelter information, safety reminders and survival tips.
Ready.gov explains what actions to take when you receive a hurricane watch or warning alert from the National Weather Service for your local area. It also provides tips on what to do before, during, and after a hurricane. Visit Be Informed: Hurricanes for more information.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has prepared The Top 5 Steps to your Hurricane Harvey Recovery post for business owners facing the overwhelming task of cleaning up water-logged debris and starting over again. It is a quick read that may help make your recovery efforts a bit easier. In addition, the SBA offers Disaster Loan Programs to help recovery efforts.
DisasterAssistance.gov offers a Get Assistance resource page that covers businesses and provides federal and state contact information.
The IRS is providing help to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Special tax relief and assistance is available to taxpayers in the Presidential Disaster Areas. We are monitoring the situation closely to resolve potential tax administration issues as they are identified. The IRS often updates its information on disaster relief efforts related to Hurricane Harvey. For the latest, visit Help for Victims of Hurricane Harvey.
USA.gov has also provided an excellent resource page to help with everything from recovering vital personal documents to how to apply for positions in disaster relief efforts. Visit Recover from Hurricane Harvey to learn more.
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by these catastrophic events.