DENVER, Co. -- In the aftermath of the severe storms and tornadoes that ravaged Weld and Larimer counties May 22, many applicants for disaster assistance will receive letters explaining that state and federal assistance cannot duplicate insurance coverage. Officials with the Colorado Division of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency advise recipients of the letters to first get information on their insurance settlement and then contact FEMA.
- Applicants receiving these letters should take the following steps:
- Obtain documentation of their insurance settlement information.
- Contact FEMA.
"On their face, the letters can be confusing, especially for people trying to put their lives and property back together after having disaster damage," said Deputy State Coordinating Officer Dave Holm.
Those who receive the letters may call the same toll-free number that is used to apply for disaster assistance: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for those with speech or hearing impairments. The number is staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. Or they may visit face-to-face with applicant assistance workers at one of the Disaster Recovery Centers mentioned below.
"After settling with their insurance company, residents should contact FEMA about possible eligibility," said Acting Federal Coordinating Officer Sandy Coachman.
Whether calling the toll-free number or visiting a Disaster Recovery Center, applicants should have the following information readily available:
- FEMA registration number
- Insurance settlement information
Disaster Recovery Centers are open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week at the following locations until further notice:
- Windsor: High school gymnasium, 1100 W. Main
- Gilcrest: High school parking lot (next to Hwy 85 by the swimming pool by the gym), 1001 Birch
- Wellington: Community center parking lot, 3800 Wilson Ave.
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 terrorism.