LINCOLN, Neb. -- Only one week remains until the registration deadline expires for individuals and business owners who were hard hit by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began May 20, 2004. The registration deadline is July 24, 2004.
To register for assistance, call the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) toll-free number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585, for speech or hearing impaired individuals. The lines are open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
"This is our final effort to reach out to anyone with damage from the storms, tornadoes and flooding who still hasn't applied," said Scott Wells, federal coordinating officer. "If insurance covered most of your damage costs, you may be eligible for additional aid. However, you will need to provide insurance settlement information during the application process," Wells added.
Even after the deadline, individuals with questions about the assistance process or the status of their application can call the Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 1-800-462-7585.
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.