Very often, many people eligible for disaster recovery assistance never apply for that assistance.   And often that assistance can really help not only individuals and their families, but, also, it can shorten the time that individual has to take from being away from his or her job.

It is important that individuals receive education about what is reality and what is not when it comes to receiving aid and assistance to recover from disruptive events.  Organizations seem to be  getting better at helping their employees in this matter, and, we encourage that to continue.

To that poin, our staff recently found a related article on this topic, where disaster officials have come up with their own Top Ten List of reasons why people in DuPage and Cook County never apply for the flooding assistance being offered to them. This list may well apply to almost any location or anybody trying to figure out what to do after a disaster has affected their homes or their neighborhoods, and we suggest our readers become familiar with this list.

Just a few of the reasons shown on this list are as follows:

  1. I thought any assistance would be taxable or affect my Social Security.
  2. I thought the assistance was welfare and I wouldn’t qualify, or
  3. I thought renters could not get assistance – only homeowners.

To view the entire list CLICK HERE.

Since many recent survey results show that organizational business continuity and disaster recovery plans often pay too little attention to the “people” issues behind the roles and responsibilities of their employees needed to support and execute those BC/DR plans, our staff thought that some of these reasons stated would be valuable inputs to improve an organization’s ability to help themselves and their employees minimize the lost time and costs in recovering from a disaster.

If you found this information valuable, please pass it along to those disaster recovery, first responder, crisis management team members in your organization.

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