After a Disaster can be a difficult time for most people. We urge you to take the time to read this information before disaster strikes, so you can be better prepared, if it should happen to you and your family.

After a disaster you may be without power or access to important information, including insurance policies. Be certain to review our Before a Disaster pages to be better prepared. Also look over the list of local agencies that may be able to assist you when disaster strikes.

There are all types of disasters to consider. Natural, Man-Made (Terror), hazardous material spills, are just some of the possibilities we all face. After a disaster, depending upon the scope of the incident, there may be a substantial period of time before assistance may be available. Remember, you are your own first line of defense in those critical times.

The following are the first steps you need to take to recover from a disaster. An overview of the Federal government's disaster assistance process can be found by clicking here.

If you need food, water, clothing, cleaning supplies, and/or minor medical care, please contact the American Red Cross or other volunteer organizations in your area. Information is also available from Anderson County Emergency Services. Check your newspaper, radio and television news, and this website for numbers and locations of relief agencies. If you have insurance, contact your insurance company and file a claim.