Natural Disasters Reference Page

  Natural Disaster references

With the recent increase in natural disasters occurring across the country, we wanted to take the time to create a resource that we all could use. We’ve compiled a list of recent reports, updates, and safety precaution articles from trusted sources for all types of natural disasters.

We hope that you will be able to use these articles to help you and your community recover from and prepare for impending natural disasters.

Stay safe, everyone!  


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.


An Economist’s Perspective on Harvey

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.

Rebuilding Housing in Harvey’s Aftermath: Two Lessons from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

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.

HUD’s Official Press Release re: Hurricane Harvey Survivor Housing  

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

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.

When the hurricane hits your town: A Texas broker’s first steps  

Inman News – A real estate client who closed on a home one week ago calls to tell you “There’s nothing left.” On top of that you find out your office is destroyed — the roof collapsed — and you don’t have rental insurance. These are the types of challenges Alissa Spears, an independent brokerage owner and 18-year real estate vet in Rockport, Texas, is dealing with from her remote base four hours from the coastal town of 9,500.

Homeowners (and Taxpayers) Face Billions in Losses From Harvey Flooding

The New York Times - Hurricane Harvey may inflict as much as $30 billion in damages on homeowners, according to preliminary estimates. But only 40 percent of that total may be covered by insurance — and of that, the federal government will bear the biggest liability.

Hurricanes Harvey & Irma: What They Could Mean for Housing – 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.    

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