Santa Fe, NM -- If you want to talk to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) about your application for disaster, all you need to do is pickup the telephone.
The FEMA Helpline is an important resource for those who have been affected by the New Mexico forest fires and who have already registered for disaster assistance. The toll-free number is 1-800-525-0321. People with hearing or speech impairments may call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. The Helpline is open 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday.
Recovery officials encourage applicants to use the Helpline for checking the status of their applications or for getting additional information.
"The Helpline is an excellent way for disaster victims to track their applications' progress," said Joe Bray, FEMA federal coordinating officer.
As of June 12, recovery officials reported that 3,155 victims in the designated counties already have registered for disaster assistance.
Registration for assistance is the first step in receiving help. Representatives from the New Mexico Office of Emergency Management and FEMA encourage renters, homeowners and business owners in the designated counties, who have not already done so, to call the FEMA toll-free registration number 1-800-462-9029. People with speech or hearing impairments can call 1-800-462-7585. Registration hours also are 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Saturday.