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After disaster strikes

As floods, tornadoes and fires exact a toll on lives and property across the United States, many people realize they aren't financially prepared for a natural disaster. But these catastrophes don't have to leave your life in financial ruins. You have plenty of worries. It's unfortunate that money is one of them, but Bankrate.com has tips to help you get your finances organized after chaos strikes.

 
Track these throughout the year. . .
Dealing with a disaster's aftermath

12 tips on how to clean up the financial mess and get on with life after a disaster.
Plus: These agencies help homeowners cope with disasters

 
Protect your finances after a disaster

Take these steps to preserve your home and bank accounts.

 
Let the IRS help after disaster strikes

The IRS allows you to deduct the losses to get a bigger tax refund to help you rebuild.

 
Power's out. Now what?

Would a disaster, even as mild as a power outage, throw your family into chaos? Here's how to prepare.
Plus: The cost of a portable generator

 
You have homeowners insurance. But are you really protected?

The difference between cash value and replacement value could empty your wallet.

 
Understanding flood insurance

Don't get swept away by losses from flood damage.

 
The four phases of recovery from a natural disaster

We guide you through: aid application, inspection, Small Business Administration loan and other assistance, including grants.

 

 

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