Disaster Assistance

This page contains videos on how to prepare for, deal with, and recover from the strike of a disaster. Their relevance is specific to farmers, but lessons can be applied to others as well.

Documenting Disaster

This video touches on the importance of documenting disasters immediately after they happen, even if the first inclination is to start cleaning up. Mr. Marlow also explains what and how to document, including calculations to determine the value of damaged property.

Division of Labor During a Disaster

This talk explains the division of labor and important distinctions between three US disaster response agencies: the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Small Business Association (SBA), and the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Mr. Marlow also covers important information on the relationships between the agencies, and gives examples of when to approach each agency.

Stages of Disaster Recovery

A disaster and its aftermath may feel novel, but what people experience is actually a standard process. In this video Mr. Marlow debriefs us on the stages we, as people and communities, go through after a disaster strikes. Progressing through these stages (Heroic, Honeymoon, Disillusionment, and Reconstruction), relationships between and feelings toward community members, aid groups, and politicians change and it can be beneficial to know and follow these common patterns following a disaster.