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Disaster Legal Services

Since 2007, DLS has responded to 222 disasters in 45 states and 5 U.S. territories.

Recent Disaster Legal Aid Resources

Alaska Flooding (2023)

Hotline: (888) 743-5749

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Mississippi Severe Storms and Tornadoes (2023)

Hotline: 877-691-6185

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Georgia Hurricane Idalia (2023)

Hotline: 866-584-8027

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Illinois Severe Storms and Flooding (2023)

Hotline: (312) 341-1070

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Maui Fire 2023

Hotline: (888) 533-2773

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Georgia Severe Storms (2023)

Hotline: 404-527-8793

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Alabama Severe Storms, Straight-Line Winds, and Tornadoes 2023

Hotline: 1-334-517-2250

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Georgia Severe Weather 2023

Hotline: 1-404-527‐8793

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California Severe Winter Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides (2022)

Hotline: 1-888-382-3406

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South Carolina Hurricane Ian (2022)

Hotline: 1-877-797-2227 ext. 120 or 803-576-3815

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All Disasters (Legal Aid Disaster Resource Center)

Legal resources and critical information for legal aid professionals, pro bono volunteers, and the disaster survivors they assist for past disaster declarations in the U.S.

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General Disaster Resources

Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) Locator

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are accessible facilities and mobile offices you can visit to learn more about FEMA and other disaster assistance programs.

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Disaster Legal Services Pro Bono Portal

Attorneys can help on the ABA/Paladin National Disaster Pro Bono Portal. Find pro bono opportunities, including those helping victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Disaster Assistance Improvement Program’s (DAIP) mission is to provide disaster survivors with information, support, services, and a means to access and apply for disaster assistance.

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Legal Aid Disaster Resource Center

Legal resources and critical information for legal aid professionals, pro bono volunteers, and the disaster survivors they assist.

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Disaster Distress Helpline


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Disaster Legal Services Hotline


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Disaster Aid Links

Plus, find information on the YLD's disaster legal aid partners.

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DLS Publications
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Meeting the Legal Needs of Disaster Survivors: Third Responders

This volume brings together some of the United States’ most knowledgeable experts on disaster law to provide a critical resource for pro bono attorneys and other stakeholders to understand the essentials of disaster law practice.

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Disaster Legal Services Articles

What do YLD Disaster Legal Services members do? Read about it here with coverage from the American Bar Association.

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CLE Opportunities from PLI
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New Developments in Climate Disaster Response & Resilience

With climate change continuing to impact communities all over the country, what should lawyers know about recent developments in this field? This program will explore trending topics in climate disaster response and offer attendees an update on legal service and pro bono efforts after recent events impacting Florida and Puerto Rico. This CLE program is free and will be available on-demand for one year.

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Learn about Emerging Issues in Disaster Response

There have been over 300 federal major disaster declarations across the United States and territories in the past five years. During the response and recovery phases, the legal issues that individuals face often go unnoticed. "Current and Emerging Issues in Disaster Response: Legal Strategies and Practices for Helping Survivors," a program from Practising Law Institute, will provide attendees a comprehensive overview of the legal landscape after a disaster.

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Disaster Legal Services Team