The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) has released a new consumer-facing information brochure, “Disaster Recovery: A Resource for Homeowners
,” available for use by all MBA members, counseling groups, government agencies and any other group that offers assistance and advice to homeowners in the aftermath of a natural disaster.
“2017 was the worst year on record for economic losses, both insured and uninsured, arising from natural disasters, led by losses from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. With the 2018 hurricane season fast approaching, we wanted to support disaster preparedness and provide information necessary to help homeowners successfully recover from future disasters,” said David H. Stevens, CMB, President and Chief Executive Officer of MBA. “The guide outlines homeowner disaster preparedness and steps to recovery including who to communicate with about your mortgage, how to navigate the insurance process, and what forms of aid and disaster loans are generally available.”
The guide features information on how to prepare for a natural disaster before it hits, what steps to take immediately after it hits, how to begin the recovery process, and information on what recovery and rebuilding assistance is available from government agencies.
In a wide scale appeal for homeowner disaster preparedness education, MBA is encouraging its member companies to offer the guide to their customers ahead of this year’s hurricane season. MBA is also offering the disaster resource guide to the public with targeted outreach to state emergency management agencies and non-profit disaster relief organizations for distribution to borrowers. Organizations are invited to partner with the MBA in the distribution process through co-branding, sponsorship of translations, and reproduction of guides as they see fit.