RICHMOND, Va. -- Only one week remains until the registration deadline expires for individuals and business owners who were hard hit by Hurricane Isabel, according to federal and state officials. The registration deadline for disaster assistance is December 8, 2003.
Register for assistance with the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for those with hearing or speech impairments. Phone lines are open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“This is our final effort to reach out to anyone with damage from Isabel who still hasn’t applied,” said Louis Botta, FEMA’s federal coordinating officer.
If insurance covered most of your damage costs, you may be eligible for additional aid. However, you will need to provide individual or business insurance settlement information during the application process in order to avoid benefit duplications.
Even after the deadline expires you can call the FEMA Helpline to check on your application status, or for additional information, at the same numbers: 1-800-621-FEMA or TTY 1-800-462-7585 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.daily.
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 the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.