Salem, Ore. -- When Oregon residents and business owners in disaster-affected areas left their battered or destroyed homes and businesses, mail to those addresses became undeliverable. ?The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Oregon Emergency Management urge anyone who applies for disaster assistance to keep in touch and update their contact information.
"Each time an applicant moves, they need to notify the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of their new address so any mail sent by FEMA or the state can be delivered," said Federal Coordinating Officer Glen R. Sachtleben. "We also need to have the most recent phone number where they can be reached."
Applicants, whose personal information has changed, need to be sure to call FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. These lines are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, until further notice. Changes may also be made online at www.fema.gov/assistance. It's important that FEMA has your most up-to-date contact information.
Applicants may also update their information at a Disaster Recovery Center in Astoria or Vernonia.? Both centers operate from Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
?"As insurance companies begin to pay for damages and losses, applicants may find that their losses are either under-insured or un-insured," said State Coordinating Officer Abby Kershaw, Oregon Emergency Management. "We need to know about any changes in insurance coverage and any payments received so those affected can receive all the assistance they are eligible for."
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.