Natural Disasters

General Disaster Preparedness & Recovery

Department of Homeland Security’s Disaster Preparedness Kit Instructions
A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Also includes a downloadable/printable list.

FEMA & The American Red Cross’s Preparing for Disaster Guide – PDF
4 steps to be prepared before a natural disaster strikes.

12 Ways To Disaster-Proof Your Place
Trulia – No matter where you live, disaster preparedness is a crucial part of keeping your family and your home base safe.

USAA’s Preparing for Disaster: Is Your House Ready?
Tips for preparing for Hurricanes, Wildfires, Winter Storms, Floods and what to do after disaster strikes.

Settling post-catastrophe insurance claims: What agents should know
Inman News – Whether it’s Hurricane Harvey, a flood, tornado, earthquake or fire, it can take years to resolve a major insurance claim and restore your property. Here is a must-have guide to follow if you have a major insurance loss on your home.

Earthquake Preparedness & Recovery

Department of Homeland Security’s Guide to Earthquakes
This page describes what to do before, during, and, after an earthquake.

Flooding Preparedness & Recovery

HomeAdvisor’s Five Home Projects to Address Immediately After Your House Has Flooded
Depending on the storm and its staggering effects, homeowners might face a number of devastating problems: from feet of standing water in the living room, to trees and debris spread across the across your lawn and driveway, to a roof completely torn apart.

HomeAdvisor’s Water Damage Restoration
Water damage restoration is one of the most rapidly growing and evolving industries in the country. What used to consist of a contractor setting up a few fans in a flooded basement has now become a bonafide science.

Hurricane Preparedness & Recovery

HomeAdvisor’s 10 Essential Hurricane Preparedness Supplies
Being prepared ahead of a hurricane warning is the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones and your home.

HomeAdvisor’s Hurricane Safety Tips
Knowing what to do when a hurricane is expected in your area can mean the difference between life and death. And it can mean the difference between minimal and severe property damage as well. Here’s what you need to know.

Department of Homeland Security’s Guide to Hurricanes
This page 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.

Snow Storms & Extreme Cold Preparedness & Recovery

Department of Homeland Security’s Guide to Snowstorms & Extreme Cold
This page explains what actions to take when you receive a winter weather storm alert from the National Weather Service for your local area and what to do before, during, and after a snowstorm or extreme cold.

Tornado Preparedness & Recovery

Department of Homeland Security’s Guide to Tornadoes
This page explains what actions to take when you receive a tornado watch or warning alert from the National Weather Service for your local area and what to do before, during, and after a tornado.

Wildfire Preparedness & Recovery

HomeAdvisor’s Fire Prevention, Preparedness & Recovery
To help homeowners and firefighters decrease the risk of fires, we have prepared a resource guide specifically for kids, seniors and pets on the necessities of fire prevention, preparedness and, when needed, recovery.

HomeAdvisor’s The Ultimate Guide to Wildfire Safety
It’s critically important to know a thing or two about wildfire safety. Why? First, 90 percent of all wildfires are started by humans, whether from arson, careless behavior, or lack of fire safety. Weather factors, such as lightning and drought conditions, also contribute to wildfires.

Department of Homeland Security’s Wildfire Guide
This page explains what actions to take if you receive a fire weather watch alert from the National Weather Service for your local area and what to do before, during, and after a wildfire.

FireSmart’s Wildfire Preparedness & Recovery
Development standards play a significant role in reducing the potential impact a wildfire will have on a community. A building is more likely to be destroyed in a wildfire when it is located in a high-density area where fire is able to easily transfer from building to building.

Western Wildfires

Southern California wildfire forces 1,500 people to flee their homes
September 26, 2017 – Business Insider – Crews were battling a major Southern California wildfire on Tuesday that has destroyed at least one structure and forced 1,500 people to flee their homes amid high temperatures and gusty winds.

Northwest housing market cools amidst raging wildfire
September 8, 2017Housing Wire – Wildfires raging across the Western U.S. are partially responsible for pull home sales down in the Northwest, cooling some parts of the housing market.

British Columbia’s wildfire impact on lumber supply to the U.S.
July 27, 2017 Northeastern University – This summer, roughly 375 wildfires in British Columbia burned through 913,000 acres of Canada’s forestry region, forcing area residents to flee their homes and causing some businesses to suspend operations.

Why Some Homes Survive Wildfires – And Others Don’t
May 29, 2017 Realty Times – Whether a home survives a wildfire “is not random, nor is it a function of luck,” says a study of the impact of last year’s huge wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alta. It says most homes that exhibited attributes promoted by the FireSmart program — including keeping combustible vegetation away from the house, uncluttered yards and low-flammability roofs and surfaces — survived the fires.

Hurricane Harvey in the News

An Economist’s Perspective on Harvey
September 7, 2017 – Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist for CoreLogic, explains the impact that Hurricane Harvey and the impending recovery will have on the Houston housing market, both rentals and buying/selling.

The Next Hurricane-Related Shortage: Construction Workers
September 7, 2017 – Wall Street JournalA severe shortage of construction workers is expected to cause widespread delays and push labor costs sharply higher as Texas begins to rebuild from Hurricane Harvey.

Rebuilding Housing in Harvey’s Aftermath: Two Lessons from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
September 6, 2017 – The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University’s analysis of the Houston housing market post Harvey. Recovery will be particularly difficult for renters in the area, as rentals typically take more time to rebuild than homes owned by the occupants.

Lessons From Katrina for a Devastated Houston
Realtor Magazine – New Orleans real estate pros offer a long view of disaster recovery, recalling their own role in reviving the community and housing market. Hurricane Harvey’s ruinous path through Houston and its environs evokes memories of the 2005 storm that overwhelmed New Orleans.

Harvey Survivors: HUD’s Top Priority
September 6, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released short, intermediate, and long-term efforts that are currently underway for Hurricane Harvey survivors.

HUD’s Official Press Release re: Hurricane Harvey Survivor Housing
September 5, 2017 – The federal government continues to focus on the lives and safety of those affected by Hurricane Harvey. While the coordinated response continues, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other federal, state, local, and tribal partners, are beginning to direct efforts toward recovery, including housing survivors displaced by the disaster through the state-led disaster housing task force.

Key Tips Before You File a Harvey Insurance Claim
August 29, 2017 – Wall Street Journal – (before the storm hit) Texas residents are starting to file insurance claims even as Harvey lingers, but much of the damage could be excluded from insurance policies.

Did Harvey Influence the Housing Market?
September 29, 2017Federal Bank of Atlanta – The survey included a handful of special questions to give better insight into current market conditions and pressure points. The first question asked whether Hurricane Harvey had an impact (directly or indirectly) on their business. Most respondents said that Harvey did not.

Safe, Strong, and Just Rebuilding After Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria
October 3, 2017 – Center for American Progress – The 2017 hurricane season will not end until November 30, but the intensity, number, and destructive impacts of this year’s storms have already broken records. This is the first year on record in which three Category 4 hurricanes have made landfall in the United States.

Hurricane Irma in the News

As House Provides Aid for Harvey, All Eyes Are on Irma
September 8, 2017DS News – The House passed a bill to suspend the U.S. borrowing limit and extend the National Flood Insurance Program through December 8, 2017, as well as provide $15.3 billion in Harvey aid. Many are hoping the President signs the bill today as Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Jose barrel towards Florida.

Hurricanes Harvey & Irma: What They Could Mean for Housing
September 7, 2017 – In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and ahead of the huge potential for danger and destruction still to come from Hurricane Irma, there remains much uncertainty and fear about estimated and actual damage to housing markets in Texas and the Southeast.

Homeowners in Florida Brace for Irma
September 7, 2017 – DS News – In a 419-3 vote, the House of Representatives has authorized almost $8 billion in aid for Hurricane Harvey victims. However, another super storm could require additional relief measures if it continues to follow its current course: Hurricane Irma.

As Irma approaches, mortgage industry doubles down on disaster prep
September 6, 2017 – Mortgage companies in Florida are bracing themselves for the potential landfall of Hurricane Irma, which has followed close on the heels of Hurricane Harvey. Mortgage companies in the state are channeling Harvey relief programs to prepare for the possible storm, with some taking extra steps as Irma promises potentially greater damage.

Hurricane Maria in the News


In Puerto Rico, a desperate search for loved ones; power may be out 3-6 months
September 21, 2017 USA Today – The day after the worst storm to hit the island in 80 years, rescue teams continued searching for residents trapped in ravaged communities as the government warned that Hurricane Maria destroyed so much of the island it may be awhile before help arrives.

After Hurricane Maria, ‘Puerto Rico isn’t going to be the same’
September 21, 2017 LA Times – Maria made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane packing 155-mph winds — just 2 mph short of Category 5 status — near the southern city of Yabucoa. But by Wednesday afternoon, the storm had been downgraded to a Category 2, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Historic Hurricane Maria devastates housing in Puerto Rico
September 21, 2017 PBS – Judy Woodruff is joined by Carlos Mercader, spokesman for Puerto Rico’s governor, to get an update from the ground.

Mortgage Assistance for Hurricane Maria
September 21, 2017 – Freddie Mac – Freddie Mac has announced that its disaster relief options are available to homeowners in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who have been impacted by Hurricane Maria.’s information and resources to recover from Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria destroys hundreds of homes, knocks out power across Puerto Rico
September 21, 2017
Fox News – Many feared extended power outages on the island would further sink businesses struggling amid a recession that has lasted more than a decade.

Hurricane Jose in the News

Hurricane Jose causes overwash along Outer Banks
September 21, 2017 WRAL – The ocean is washing over parts of North Carolina’s Outer Banks as Hurricane Jose passes well to the east.

Hurricane Jose brings waves to Mid-Atlantic, closing highway in Delaware
September 21, 2017 Baltimore Sun – While Hurricane Maria threatens the Caribbean islands already devastated by Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Jose is making an impact on the Atlantic Coast from the Carolinas to New England.