Disaster Planning

Disaster Survivors

Disaster Legal Hotlines

Toll-free hotlines may be set up by the ABA Young Lawyers Division to provide advice and referral services to disaster survivors.   Click here for a listing of current locations and hotline numbers.

Find Legal Help

Each state has ways for you to find a lawyer, including free or reduced fee legal services.  Find Legal Help.


If you are involved in a court case, check the court’s website to see if normal court operations have been affected.  

Federal Courts:   http://www.uscourts.gov/courtlinks/

Legal Resources for Attorneys Helping Disaster Survivors

A new website for attorneys representing low income clients following a disaster includes useful law related information for survivors. Visit the For People Who Need Help page on this Disaster Legal Aid web site.

Information on Benefits

Following a disaster there are many benefit programs for which disaster survivors may be eligible for.  Click here for a list of major programs.

Consumer Legal Information

This infromation is not offered as legal advice or legal representation but is provided as a public service. The information may vary by state and community and in some cases may be outdated. Please read the disclaimer at the bottom of this web page. You may also ask your state or local bar association about consumer legal brochures and pamphlets.

Rights as a Tenant Following a Disaster

Protecting your Legal Rights (Maryland State Bar Association)