Washington, DC - Those who suffered losses or damages in the District of Columbia as a result of Hurricane Isabel and who live or have a business in the areas declared disaster areas by President Bush under the Sept. 20 disaster declaration, have one month left to apply for disaster assistance.
The deadline for individuals and businesses to register for assistance is Nov. 19.
"The registration deadline is quickly approaching, and we want to encourage those who need disaster aid to apply now," said DC Emergency Management Agency Director Peter LaPorte. "Help is only a telephone call away."
"We encourage those who need disaster help to register now," said Federal Coordinating Officer Scott Wells with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "As the registration deadline approaches, we want to be sure that we have reached everyone who needs help and that that no one is left out."
Those who still need to apply for assistance may register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech or hearing impaired. The registration lines are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. Closed weekends.
On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages Citizen Corps, the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.