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Help After a Hurricane: Disaster Resources

Hurricane reliefCPAs are no strangers to helping: it is what they do every day for their clients, the public, small businesses and others. As those affected by recent hurricanes or other disasters begin the arduous process of recovery, there are things the CPA community can do to help those living and working in affected areas—including fellow CPAs—get back on their feet. We’ve compiled a list of resources, articles and more to aid in the recovery from this unfortunate disaster.

AICPA Benevolent Fund

If you are facing financial hardship because of a hurricane or other disaster, you can apply for assistance.

Want to help? You can make a charitable contribution to the fund.

Disaster and Financial Planning: A Guide for Preparedness and Recovery

This guide from the AICPA, American Red Cross and National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) provides guidance on filing insurance claims, government assistance, employer responsibility and much more.

Navigating Tax Issues

The IRS has already extended filing and payment deadlines for those in disaster areas. This article outlines what you or your clients need to know.

Red Cross

The Red Cross has information about where to find help including where to find shelter, how to let loved ones know you are safe, as well as ways to start recovering from the devastation.

FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has compiled a list of resources specifically for those impacted by hurricanes.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Learn how to apply for a small business disaster loan, get deferment on an existing loan and more.

SBA Hotline

This is a customer service page specifically for those dealing with a disaster.

In addition, those affected can check with their state CPA society for resources and ways to help.

Please be aware, there are also numerous organizations seeking donations. While this is a wonderful way to help those most in need, be sure you check your sources before donating supplies or money. Unfortunately, there are people setting up scams to benefit from the generosity of others during times of crisis.

Lauren J. Sternberg, Manager--Communications, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

Emergency vehicle courtesy of Shutterstock

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