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Image description: Sailors assigned to Naval Submarine Base New London place sandbags along the waterfront in preparation for Hurricane Irene.
Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter D. Blair/U.S. Navy

Image description: Sailors assigned to Naval Submarine Base New London place sandbags along the waterfront in preparation for Hurricane Irene.

Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter D. Blair/U.S. Navy

How To Apply for Disaster Assistance After Hurricane Irene

If you need assistance after Hurricane Irene, the Federal Emergency Management Agency can help you:

You can apply for disaster assistance:

Learn more about what to do immediately after a disaster, how to locate family members, and find places to stay.

These tips can help you determine if your food and water are safe during a power outage or after a flood.

Tips for Communicating During Emergencies

During and after Hurricane Irene, voice data networks may be busy. The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends that you let friends and family know your status by sending a text, e-mail, or updating social media sites.

If you do need to make a phone call, keep it brief to free up “space” on the network for emergency communications and to conserve battery power, if you are using a wireless phone.

Also, wait 10 seconds before redialing a call on wireless devices. On many handsets, you simply push “send” after you’ve ended a call to redial the previous number. If you do this too quickly, there’s not enough time for the data to clear and it contributes to a clogged network.

How to Track Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene is gaining strength and getting ready to make landfall along the East Coast. It’s important to be prepared if you live in the path of the hurricane.

You can find the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center at hurricanes.gov, find the latest evacuation information from your state, and get the latest news and information about the storm from these federal agencies:

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Ready Campaign

NOAA/National Hurricane Center