FINDLAY, Ohio -- Applicants for disaster assistance could find themselves out of the loop if they can?t be reached.
The time right after a disaster can be unsettling. People often move from place to place. Telephone numbers change. Staying in contact can be difficult?but essential in the case of disaster assistance.
"It is important that we know how to get in touch with you," said Federal Coordinating Officer Jesse Munoz of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Both addresses and telephone numbers need to be updated.
If the address is wrong or out-of-date, checks or important documents may be returned. Some government checks cannot be forwarded. They must be delivered to the payee's address of record or be returned to the sending office.
FEMA also may need to contact applicants by telephone with important information that can affect an application for FEMA assistance.
Applicants can update their contact information or inquire about the status of their applications by calling the toll-free FEMA helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or the TTY line, 1-800-462-7585. Or they can access the FEMA website at www.fema.gov.
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FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.