As we enter the heart of hurricane season, NFDA is keeping everyone who may be in the path of a storm - especially our funeral service colleagues - in its thoughts and prayers.
We also lift up in prayer those communities that are recovering and rebuilding from recent hurricanes.
NFDA will keep this page updated with the latest information and resources.
Last Updated: October 3, 2017
Requesting or Lending Assistance
I Need Assistance
If you are a funeral director whose business was in the path of a hurricane and are in need of assistance, click here to fill out a brief form. Please share as much information as possible about your immediate needs. A member of the NFDA staff will reach out to you as soon as possible. We will do our best to connect you with individuals and businesses willing to help.
You may also call NFDA at 800-228-6332 (262-789-1880).
If you are contacted by a member of the media regarding the impact of the storm on funeral service and need assistance responding, please contact NFDA's Public Relations Manager: Jessica Koth (email@example.com; office; 800-228-6332; mobile: 262-402-7764).
I Can Lend Assistance
When disasters occur, the true spirit of funeral service shines through. If you are a funeral director or supplier who can volunteer time or send supplies to colleagues who have been impacted by a storm, please let us know by filling out a brief form. Please be as specific as possible about the assistance you can provide.
As NFDA receives requests for assistance, we will work to connect you with funeral businesses that need help. If you have questions about offering assistance, please call NFDA at 800-228-6332.
I Want to Make a Contribution
You can make a donation to the Funeral Service Foundation, which will be allocated toward funeral service-related disaster relief efforts. To learn more, contact the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in making a donation to general hurricane relief efforts, the Charity Navigator website offers lists of highly-rated charitable organizations engaged in relief efforts. You can use the Charity Navigator website to research organizations and find the one most closely aligned with your interests and values.
Resources: Preparation and Recovery
If a natural disaster has affected you or immediate family, your the NFDA Work/Life Resource Program (EAP), a benefit of your NFDA membership, can provide resources, referrals, and assistance:
- State and national relief organizations
- Relocation and housing
- Disaster recovery companies (that assist with home repair from flooding, fire, etc.)
- Financial assistance
- Resources for food, clothing, and shelter
- Home inspectors
- Coping with crisis
The Work/Life Resource Program, offers a toll-free hotline staffed by experts who can suggest resources and offer support, along with access to online resources. The support offered through the NFDA Work/Life Resource Program is free and confidential. It is available to you, your immediate family, your staff and members of their immediate family. For more information and to access the Work/Life Resource Program experts, visit www.nfda.org/worklife (member log in required).
The resources listed below may be helpful in locating and receiving services in the wake of a hurricane. Please keep in mind that provider availability may evolve due to the scope of the storm.
- Download the Hurricanes: Preparation and Recovery handbook
- Update your disaster kit. Have a three-day supply of non-perishable food, bottled water, a battery-operated radio, flashlight, extra batteries, cash, medicines, first aid kit, pet foods, and important family documents.
- Know your evacuation routes and prepare options for overnight lodging. Storm surge can cut off evacuation routes, so do not delay leaving if an evacuation is ordered for your area. If you encounter floodwaters, remember—turn around, don’t drown.
- Develop an emergency communication plan, which includes a phone number for a family member or friend outside the area - a point of contact - in the event of separation.
- Download the FEMA mobile app (available in English and Spanish) for a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and recovery centers, disaster survival tips, and weather alerts from the National Weather Service. The app also enables users to receive push notifications reminding them to take important steps to prepare their homes and families for disasters.
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