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Disaster Recovery Resources

For those affected by recent hurricanes and tropical storms, resources from the ADA and the ADA Foundation may be of assistance:

Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery

These documents will give you tips and advice to prepare for and recover after a disaster.

More disaster preparation and recovery information is also available at the Center for Professional Success — Disaster Guidance.

ADA Foundation Grants

  • Information on ADA Foundation emergency grants at this link: ADAF Emergency Disaster Grants.
  • Due to the unique and widespread nature of recent disasters and the resulting unprecedented need, the Emergency Disaster Grants Program is currently on hold as we continue to raise funds so that we may help as many people as possible. Incoming applications will be held and processed as funds become available. We will contact applicants with updates as information becomes available. If you have questions please contact us at Thank you for your patience.
  •  Guidelines and applications are provided for two kinds of disaster grant programs:
    • Emergency Disaster Grants: Any dentist who is a victim of a disaster may apply to the ADA Foundation for a grant for their personal necessities.
      (ADA membership is not required.)
    • Emergency Disaster Grants for 501(c)(3) organizations providing dental care following a disaster.

Other Potential Financial Assistance:

  • Federal Disaster Assistance: After a disaster, dentists should immediately contact their insurance carrier in order to report damage. Self-employed individuals, including dentists whose businesses are destroyed in a disaster and who usually are not eligible for unemployment assistance, might be eligible for federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Apply at a local unemployment office. Up to 26 weeks of financial assistance could be available to eligible persons. General information, registration and assistance regarding federal disaster programs may be obtained by calling FEMA at 1-800-462-9029 (7 days a week, 7 a.m. until midnight EDT). FEMA suggests that if a caller has not heard from the agency within two weeks, to call FEMA's Help line at 1-800-525-0321 (TTY 1-800-660- 8005 for hearing-and speech-impaired).
  • U.S. Small Business Administration ("SBA') loans: Businesses that are not fully insured may be eligible for low-interest, long-term loans from the SBA. A dentist may apply for a SBA loan to replace disaster-damaged real estate, inventory, equipment or other business assets. Up to $1.5 million are available for losses not fully covered by insurance. Help with a SBA application is available from the government at 1-800-659-2955.