BEAVER, W. Va. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced a new feature to the m.fema.gov mobile platform to make it easier for disaster survivors to apply for help.
Those affected by the disaster will be able to apply for federal assistance directly through their web enabled mobile phone devices such as BlackBerry®, Apple iPhone®, and Windows Mobile® device. In West Virginia, residents of Lewis, Logan, McDowell, Mingo and Wyoming counties can now use smartphones to register with FEMA and report storm losses. Visit m.fema.gov and follow the link to www.disasterassistance.gov to apply for federal assistance.
"This new addition to our FEMA mobile site will provide disaster survivors with another avenue to quickly apply for assistance, not just from FEMA, but from the Small Business Administration and other federal partners," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. "As smartphones become cheaper and more prevalent, and wireless networks more resilient, these devices are becoming more than just simple communication tools – they can be life lines during emergencies. This new addition to m.fema.gov is just another way we are expanding the tools we use to communicate with the most important member of our emergency management team – the public."
Registration through the mobile site takes three steps:
- Go to m.fema.gov and click "Apply Online for FEMA Assistance." You will be directed to our partner site, www.disasterassistance.gov
- Click on "Start Registration"
- Fill out the registration form
Applicants who are unable to use the mobile Web may apply by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). FEMA launched m.fema.gov in May 2010 to give smartphone users easy access to preparedness and disaster information. FEMA will further enhance the mobile platform to provide the ability to check on the status of an application or update an existing application and more. Learn more about FEMA technology at www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=52167. A video of Administrator Fugate demonstrating the feature is available at www.youtube.com/fema.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability