Washington, DC -- Victims and families of those affected by the recent terrorist attacks can receive free disaster legal services, said Joe M. Allbaugh, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today. The number to call is: 1-866-606-0626.
Volunteer attorneys from the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division are staffing the line and can help answer questions about tenant/landlord disputes, wills, insurance and taxes, among other issues. The line is staffed daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT.
A variety of other benefits are available to victims as well. Under the Victims of Crime Act, administered by the Department of Justice through the state where the crime occurred, victims of the attacks can be compensated for such things as medical bills, mental health counseling, funeral expenses, lost wages and loss of support. To apply for this assistance from New York, call 800-247-8035 or go to www.cvb.state.ny.us. Victims from the Pentagon attack can apply for compensation by calling 877-372-0127 or 800-552-4007. Pentagon victims can also call 804 378-3434. Victims of the Pennsylvania plane crash should call 800-692-7292 (in state) or 717-783-5135 or go to www.pccd.state.pa.us to apply for assistance.
Residents of New York who need temporary housing due to the terrorist attacks or who have suffered losses of personal property can register with FEMA's toll-free registration line: 800-462-9029. Disaster unemployment, and information and referral are also available through that number.
Businesses should seek assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration, by calling 1-800-659-2955.
A full listing of benefits and assistance contacts can be found at www.fema.gov or obtained through FEMA's toll-free registration line.