Recovery Relocation Advice

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Resource type Getting help after an emergency, Recovery
Resource sub-type Information
Types of emergencies handled Earthquake; Volcanic eruption; Severe weather; Flooding and tsunami
Area(s) covered USA



This page contains information about previous hurricanes and damages; we will be updating after the storm hits with info as it comes out.


Unfortunately many evacuees are facing an indefinite separation from their homes and businesses. This page is an effort to provide a checklist of actions that can be taken to ease the transition to "life in exile."

Unemployment Benefits

Displaced persons can apply for unemployment benefits from the STATE IN WHICH THEY ARE, not just their home state. So if you had a job and evacuated, you can claim cash benefits from the nearest local unemployment office.

A reader reports from Texas: "To file a claim, call the Texas Workforce Commission at (800) 939-6631 from 8 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday." I called that number hoping to get a number for Louisiana residents. That referred me to a local dallas office at 214-252-1200. I was only on hold for about 12 minutes --- not bad at all, all things considered -- I spoke to a lady there who told me they ARE going ahead and taking applications for Louisana residents and submitting them for those people! She advises you SHOULD be able to call the equivilant state office in EACH state and they will be able to submit the DUA application for you! YAY!

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)

  • The Department of Labor is working with state and local governments in disaster areas and relief sites to issue disaster unemployment assistancefor self-employed and newly employed who may not be eligible for unemployment insurance. For more information, call 1-866-4-USA-DOL (1-866-487-2365) or visit America's Service Locator.

Learn about Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Alabama residents, call 1-866-234-5382 Louisiana residents, call 1-866-783-5567 Mississippi residents, call 1-866-783-5567 Texas residents, call 1-800-818-7811

Hurricane Assistance

[ The Department of Labor has helpful information on their website.


By state


Keeping in touch is especially vital at this time.

Finding Loved Ones And Letting Loved Ones Know About Yourself

You will need a computer to make use of GrassRoots Wiki to provide information and gather information in this nascent database compiled by those who are directly affected.

Land Lines

Land lines are probably the most reliable means of communication as the cellular networks are both damaged and overburdened. Consider maintaining old land-line numbers as these might be the only ways many people have of getting in touch.

  • Since answering machines are likely inoperative, signed up for a telco-hosted answering/forwarding service if not already using one. Update the outgoing message to reflect new contact information. Be sure to check for new messages on a regular basis.
  • To save money, cancel any long-distance and premium service packages associated with the old land-line. A basic local account with voicemail and call forwarding will be sufficient.
  • Internet/DSL access associated with the old land-line can be terminated, but be sure to maintain any accounts associated with active email addresses. A simple dial-up account should be sufficient.

Cell Phones

Cell phones are the most flexible form of communication but can be expensive and are very susceptible to loss of service, network outages, hardware failure and depleted batteries.

  • It is reasonable to expect a drastic spike in cell phone usage. This would be a good time to review contract terms to make sure enough minutes are available without incurring increased charges.
  • When networks are overloaded, the use of text messaging may allow your information to be transmitted when a voice call cannot be completed.

Change Of Address

The Post Office has set up a Emergency Change Of Address service for evacuees.

Contact any of the applicable entities and inform them of your updated address:

  • Your employer
  • Banks/credit unions/investment firms
  • Credit card vendors
  • Subscriptions
  • Utilities
    • Cable
    • Electric
    • Gas
    • Phone
    • Water

Cancelling Service

Some utility services may be candidates for outright cancellation. This is probably not necessary in the case of metered offerings such as gas, water and electric but it might not hurt to call and ask.

  • Cable
  • Phone service (see Communications, Land lines above)
  • Water delivery

Data Recovery

Facts about "Recovery Relocation Advice"RDF feed
Area coveredUSA +
Emergency typeEarthquake +, Volcanic eruption +, Severe weather + and Flooding and tsunami +
Resource sub-typeInformation +
Resource typeGetting help after an emergency + and Recovery +