Long term planning after the
Long term water, food and shelter will be needed after an
earthquake if it is one that creates lots of destruction.
Keep in mind many of
the agencies that are local may not be open if they were affected. As always,
it is best to assume that YOU need to take care of yourself and your family and
not rely on anyone else.
Applying for assistance after
It may be that you need to apply for some type of assistance after a disaster
strikes. There are billions of dollars available through many sources to help
you get back on your feet. They will help you with living expenses, health
care, housing, legal aid, college tuition and job training. You can also go to
http://www.211.org/ the 2-1-1 Call Center and
search for your town or city and 211 will assist you in finding the resources
USDA funds are provided to researchers to address national problems and needs
related to agriculture, the environment, human health and well being, and
Department of Agriculture
American Disability Act
Many resources can be found on the American Disability Act site. They have
resources for health care, transportation, education and employment.
Health Care Assistance
Read through all of the sections in this chapter to give you a full sense of
the kind of help that is out there--and then apply for anything related to your
medical concerns. Remember, too, that many major medical illnesses (cancer,
heart disease, arthritis, etc.) have nonprofit groups (American Cancer
Association, American Heart Association, etc.) that can help you to find not
only information on treatments and doctors, but can guide you to special funds
for expenses (when available).
Often pharmaceutical companies have programs for free or discounted
prescription drugs. The Partnership for Prescription Assistance and Free
Medicine are two places where you can apply for assistance. Some doctors and
hospitals have a sliding scale that will give you the opportunity to pay your
bill at a lower rate. Also some hospitals have programs that you can barter for
services or have your bills forgiven.