Grant Sarver October 19, 2020

As hurricane season comes to a close next month (hopefully), the storms won’t be forgotten because of the damage they have caused. Thankfully, Bankrate has a helpful guide for hurricane recovery efforts. 

In terms of federal government assistance, there are two options. The first is help through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) which is deployed in declared “federal disaster zones.” They can help with shelter and care, crisis counseling, unemployment assistance, and more. The Disaster Assistance Improvement Program (DAIP) may also be of interest for disaster recovery. It allows users to input information on their disaster case and find lists of available assistance programs from 17 federal agencies.

For those who want to help recovery efforts, governments at every level put out contracts for disaster relief. The South Carolina Disaster Recovery Office is requesting proposals for an implementation contractor to execute the continued recovery from Hurricane Florence in 2018. The winning contractor will be, “capable of turnkey operations and executing multiple and simultaneous operations throughout the state while maintaining high quality construction standards.” Bids for this opportunity are due November 5.


As a record breaking hurricane season comes to a close, the damage they have caused is still present. Recovery programs are available and ready to help as are local businesses contracting with the government. And with a 26th named storm of the season just announced, they could be in high demand in the future.

About the Author

Grant Sarver is from Suwanee, Georgia. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Sociology at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation in May 2021. He is most interested in human rights and social equity and plans to work for an entity that helps fulfill people’s human rights.