For Individuals

Federal Individual Assistance

When the President declares a disaster and authorizes providing Individual Assistance, FEMA's Individuals and Households Program (IHP) can help homeowners and renters affected by the disaster with uninsured housing needs and necessary expenses not covered by insurance. For more information, visit www.disasterassistance.gov.

Mental Health Recovery

Recovery from a traumatic disaster can require emotional and financial assistance. Identify your psychological needs, and those of others, as you rebuild. The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's website provides tips and resources on how to cope after emergencies.

In some cases, you may need to speak with mental health professionals in order to begin more obvious, structural restoration. NYC Well is New York City's your connection to free, confidential crisis counseling, mental health and substance misuse support, information and referral.

  • 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355)
  • 1-888-692-9355 (Español)
  • 1-888-692-9355 (中文)
  • 711 (TTY for hearing impaired)

Be Involved

It is best to affiliate with a recognized disaster volunteer organization before a disaster happens. Getting involved with a disaster volunteer organization before an emergency will increase your ability to help when help is needed.

International Disaster Relief

New Yorkers often support relief efforts in the wake of international disasters. The City urges New Yorkers who want to help international victims of disasters to make monetary donations to established charities, which will distribute donations to appropriate relief agencies. For more information, visit the American Council for Voluntary International online and/or UN Office for the coordination of Humanitarian Affairs online for information about making donations to such organizations.

More Resources

For additional information about housing recovery, business resiliency, resiliency and infrastructure, and disaster recovery funding, visit NYC Recovery.