LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- State and federal officials want to remind those who have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that updating their disaster information can be done with a simple phone call to FEMA; registering more than once can complicate the process and may delay assistance.
For instance, when an applicant makes the call to register with FEMA, they are usually asked about their housing situation. Some disaster-affected residents may say that they plan to stay with family or friends until their home repairs are made, or they have their own plan for alternative housing.
If this or other types of personal information changes, just pick up the phone and call FEMA at
1-800-621-FEMA (3362) and choose the "Helpline" option. Please have your case number on hand when you call. You can also update your information online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
"We want to make the process of updating information, which may include a change in housing needs, as easy as possible," said Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Moore. "With just a quick call to FEMA, applicants will be able to make any informational changes and keep the recovery process moving.
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.