COLUMBIA, Mo. -- There is only one week left to register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Aug. 26, 2011, is the registration deadline for individuals whose property suffered damage as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding between April 19 and June 6, 2011.
Registration may be completed online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, by smartphone at m.fema.gov or by calling FEMA's toll-free registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). If you have access or functional needs and use a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585 directly; if you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. Multilanguage assistance is also available. Telephone registration is available daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. until further notice.
Disaster assistance may include grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repair and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other sources.
"We don't want any disaster survivors who are eligible for assistance to miss out on the help available to them," said Federal Coordinating Officer Libby Turner. "Remember that FEMA is only a phone call or a mouse click away."
Aug. 26 is also the deadline for disaster survivors to return the U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loan application they might have received after registering with FEMA. Applications are also available at the Disaster Recovery Center in Joplin or online at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Although no one is required to accept an SBA loan, completing and returning the application is a key part of the FEMA assistance process. Individuals who do not qualify for an SBA loan may be eligible for other forms of FEMA assistance.
For more information, contact SBA's Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling
1-800-659‑2955, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting SBA's website at www.sba.gov. Individuals with access or functional needs may call 1-800-877‑8339.
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.