Midwest Legal Disaster Coordination Project
LSC received a $1.2 million two-year grant to foster strong and sustainable relationships between disaster-preparedness organizations and legal service providers in the Midwest. The 2014 Midwest Legal Disaster Coordination Fund grantees are Iowa Legal Aid and Legal Aid of Nebraska. These grants will help the legal aid nonprofits create solutions that address the need for civil legal aid in the aftermath of natural and man-made disasters and integrate a legal component for low-income individuals into statewide disaster preparedness plans. LSC will also coordinate nationally with FEMA, the American Red Cross, National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, the American Bar Association, and others to launch a national response network integrating legal services with traditional disaster relief.
The states in the Midwest Disaster Area are:
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
The DisasterLegalAid.org site is a collaborative effort of Lone Star Legal Aid, the American Bar Association, the Legal Services Corporation, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, the Texas Legal Services Center, and Pro Bono Net.
DisasterLegalAid.org hosts recent disaster relief news, along with disaster relief information for legal services attorneys, pro bono volunteers, and individuals who need assistance. In 2012, Lone Star Legal Aid received an LSC Technology Initiative Grant (TIG) to lead a revamp of the website, which provides critical guidance on legal issues to disaster survivors as well as to volunteers and attorneys assisting with recovery efforts nationwide.