The Only Way To Apply For Disaster Assistance

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Release date: 
March 25, 2005
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The only way to apply for federal assistance is to call the special toll-free number at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 or register online at Both phone lines are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday until further notice.

  • Even if you have already reported the damage to the county emergency manager, American Red Cross or other voluntary agencies, you must call the FEMA application number to apply for federal disaster assistance.
  • Your call is confidential under the Privacy Act of 1974, and the information will be used only to determine what type of assistance is most appropriate.
  • This call is your application and usually takes only 15-20 minutes to complete. You will be asked general information about your income, your insurance and how badly your residence or business was damaged, the best place to reach you by phone, and your current address. You should give details about your housing needs.
  • You will be given an application number, which will help locate your application in the system in the future. Write this number down so you will have it handy.
  • Within a few days you may receive an application package that includes an SBA low-interest disaster loan application. It is very important to complete and return it, even if you have insurance or feel you will not qualify for a loan. Failure to complete and return the application could eliminate you from getting other forms of assistance, including grants.

Disaster-designated counties are: Ashland, Athens, Auglaize, Belmont, Clark, Coshocton, Crawford, Darke, Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Guernsey, Henry, Hocking, Holmes, Huron, Jefferson, Licking, Logan, Miami, Morgan, Muskingum, Pickaway, Pike, Richland, Ross, Scioto, Stark, Tuscarawas, Warren, Washington and Wyandot.

The Ohio EMA coordinates the state's response and recovery from the State of Ohio Emergency Operations Center. One of the primary focuses of the agency is to ensure that Ohio citizens are prepared for all hazards with the capability to respond to and recover from an emergency or disaster and to lead mitigation efforts against the effects of future disasters.

FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, trains first responders, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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