Page last updated: 03/29/2023
In April 2018, LSC’s board of directors established LSC’s Disaster Task Force. The focus of the task force was to foster and promote cooperation, coordination, and communication between and among the emergency management community, legal service providers, the private bar, the judiciary, community-based organizations, and the business community to ensure that disaster survivors with low incomes receive the legal assistance they need. One of the recommendations included in the Disaster Task Force Report was the creation of an online “one-stop” resource for disaster training materials and expertise.
In 2020, LSC launched the Legal Aid Disaster Resource Center (LADRC) website to provide additional support and resources to disaster legal aid organizations and professionals, pro bono volunteers, and disaster survivors. Within this website, a tool kit was created to culminate essential resources in one place for legal aid organizations, professionals, and pro bono volunteers to review and utilize while providing aid to disaster survivors.
This LADRC tool kit contains the following resources.
The tool kit is continually updated and expanded to incorporate essential disaster preparedness and recovery resources.
If you need assistance with locating materials on LADRC, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Initially drafted by Lone Star Legal Aid, this template allows your organization to create informational flyers on avoiding the most common forms of home repair fraud after a disaster. This flyer is available in multiple languages and can easily be adapted by other organizations.
This template allows an organization to create informational flyers regarding the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). SNAP is commonly referred to as “Food Stamps.” This resource is available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese and can be adapted for other states.
This guide provides recommendations to help legal service providers and their clients prepare for a disaster.
This guide gives an overview of the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program’s national objectives, eligible geographic areas, and program requirements.
This guide summarizes the importance of building relationships with federal, state, and local governments; community organizations; and charitable parties. It describes the benefits of these partnerships for both short-term and long-term recovery groups.
This guide helps advocates navigate the FEMA application process for individual and household assistance. It addresses the fundamental components of FEMA assistance, details application requirements, and summarizes the FEMA appeals process.
This guide provides an overview of the legal framework for disability advocacy and implementation techniques. It provides recommendations for how to modify Disaster Preparedness Plans to ensure they account for individuals with disabilities. It provides guidance for how to coordinate with stakeholders to advocate for disability inclusion in emergency programs.
This in-depth guide helps legal service providers navigate the bankruptcy timeline, filing chapters, and types of debt.
This quick guide provides valuable information for individuals who are considering or need to file bankruptcy in the wake of a disaster. It answers frequently asked questions pertaining to what to consider before filing for bankruptcy and the types of properties that may be protected.
The Texas Disaster Legal Help (TDLH) website, a collaboration between Lone Star Legal Aid, Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, provides videos, articles, and podcasts covering topics such as, types of FEMA benefits available, common reasons for denial, how to appeal a decision, and some pitfalls to watch out for when appealing.
To play videos and receive CLE credit or access other materials, click the volunteer button on the Texas Disaster Legal Help (TDLH) website and create an account for free and with no obligations.
Developed by Lone Star Legal Aid, this presentation template can be adapted to train volunteer attorneys and legal aid advocates assisting with FEMA appeals.
This FEMA Region 6 presentation covers how IHP appeals work.
This South Carolina Legal Services video reviews common problems with FEMA applications submitted after a disaster.
This video was created by South Carolina Legal Services to review the many reasons why appeals are denied and offer tips on avoiding denials and crafting appeals. Though developed for South Carolina residents, the video covers federal issues that apply in other jurisdictions across the country.