What You Need When Applying for Federal Disaster Assistance

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Release date: 
June 10, 2011
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MARION, Ill. -- Residents in 14 Illinois counties only need to answer a few simple questions when they apply for federal disaster assistance as they recover from severe storms and flooding that struck southern Illinois in late April and early May.

Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials say those who had losses on April 19 and April 22 to May 2 should apply as soon as possible.  Residents do not need to wait to see federal officials or visit a recovery center to register.

Anyone who had damages in the designated counties may choose from three easy ways to apply: online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov or by calling toll-free at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Both numbers are available seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (CDT) until further notice.  Help in other languages is available.

When applying, be sure to have the following information available:

  • Current telephone number.
  • Address at the time of the disaster and the address where you now are staying.
  • Social Security number, if available.
  • Name of insurance company or agent and the policy number, if insured.
  • A general list of damages and losses.
  • Bank account routing number if the applicant prefers using direct deposit.

Damage reports previously filed with local and county officials or voluntary agencies will not start the federal assistance process. You must apply with FEMA. Residents covered by insurance should file a claim with their insurance company first and then apply with FEMA.  Assistance may be available for uninsured losses.

President Obama issued a major disaster declaration on June 7 making federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hardin, Jackson, Lawrence, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, White and Williamson.

Follow FEMA online at www.twitter.com/femawww.facebook.com/fema, and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema.  The social media links provided are for reference only.

FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

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.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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