LINCOLN, Neb -- Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials offer tips for registering for federal disaster assistance. Homeowners, renters, and business owners who had damage and loss from the May 24 to August 1, 2011 flooding should register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Individual Assistance is available in: Boyd, Burt, Cass, Dakota, Dixon, Douglas, Knox, Sarpy and Washington Counties. There are several ways to register:
- Online at www.Disaster Assistance.gov
- By smartphone through m.FEMA.gov, click on "Apply Online for FEMA Assistance."
- By phone, call toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362)
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- Those with a speech disability or hearing loss, who use a TTY, should call 800-462-7585;
- Or use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) to call 800-621-3362
Register with FEMA even if you have registered, applied or filed a claim with another agency, volunteer organization or reported damage to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) hotline.
Have the following information ready when you call to register:
- Social Security number
- Current and pre-disaster address
- Description of losses caused by disaster
- Contact information where FEMA can reach you
- Total household income
- Insurance information
- Banking information (including account number if you want direct fund deposits)
After completing the application for assistance process, FEMA issues an application number. Write down this number and keep it for future reference. To track your claim progress you need this number.
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.