Registration for Disaster Assistance is a Community Effort

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Release date: 
June 2, 2011
Release Number: 
1980-031

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The resiliency of Missourians is evident in the work of all community partners involved in the effort to recover from the recent severe weather. Ensuring that everyone who is eligible for assistance has registered is part of the community effort.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging people to reach out to those who might have temporarily relocated after the tornado to encourage them to register for assistance.

"We want to make sure no one is overlooked and every eligible resident gets help, which is why we are hoping the public will help us spread the disaster assistance registration message," explained Libby Turner, federal coordinating officer for the disaster response.

Missouri survivors of the recent devastating severe storms, flooding and tornadoes should not forego registering for federal and state disaster assistance because they think it may keep the assistance from reaching their less-fortunate neighbors or because they believe it may interfere with existing benefits like Social Security.

"Take a few minutes to reach out to friends and family to see if they have registered with FEMA and have returned the SBA loan application," Turner urged. "Disasters bring out the best in people, so we are confident the public will help speed the recovery by talking to their neighbors and relatives."

FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are enlisting the help of area residents to ensure everyone knows that disaster assistance is available. Individuals and households affected by the state’s flooding, storms and tornadoes should register as soon as possible, online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, by smartphone at m.fema.gov, or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with a speech disability or hearing loss who use a TTY call 800-462-7585; or use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) to call 1-800-621-3362

For more information, contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659‑2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov.  Hearing impaired individuals may call (800) 877‑8339.  Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and covers the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

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.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status.  If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with a speech disability or hearing loss who use a TTY call 1-800-462-7585; or use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) to call 1-800-621-3362.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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