WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowans affected by the storms beginning June 1, who have already registered for assistance with local, county, state or voluntary agencies are reminded that they must register with FEMA to be considered for federal assistance.
Registering with FEMA is a required step in the process, whether the loss is large or small, and whether or not an individual anticipates federal assistance. “The sooner people register, the sooner we will be able to help those eligible,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Dennis Moffett.
Those who have registered with FEMA will receive a 9-digit Disaster Registration Number that is assigned upon completion of the FEMA registration process.
- Register online or by telephone as soon as possible. Anyone who had damage and loss can register online anytime at www.disasterassistance.gov, or call the toll-free Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) registration line at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 800-462-7585 for the hearing- or speech-impaired. The hours are from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., local time, seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are available.
- Have some information ready when you register. When you call the FEMA number, you will need your current address, the address of the damaged property, contact information where FEMA can reach you, social security number, household composition, insurance and income information.
- Register, even if you are insured. Your insurance may not cover all your damage and some damage may not show up until later. Call your insurance company and then register with FEMA.
- The registration period ends Oct. 13, 2010.
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 to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.