As Water Recedes, Stay in Touch With FEMA

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Release date: 
September 13, 2011
Release Number: 
4012-019

COLUMBIA, MO. -- As floodwaters in northwest Missouri recede, inspectors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency may be able to access homes of survivors who have registered for assistance.

If you are already registered with FEMA for assistance, it is important to stay in touch with FEMA to let them know when your home becomes accessible for a damage inspection.

When homes are not accessible due to a disaster like the one in northwest Missouri, FEMA may provide rental assistance. Having a damaged property inspected by FEMA may open the door to further assistance with the damages.

Additional rental assistance may be provided on a month-by-month basis while a home remains inaccessible.

Call the FEMA Helpline-1-800-621-FEMA (3362) to let FEMA know if your home is inaccessible or not. If you have not registered for federal assistance it is important to do so at once. The deadline to register for assistance is Oct. 11.

Even if you have insurance, your insurance coverage may not meet all your needs and FEMA may be able to help.

Registration may be completed by calling FEMA's toll-free registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or by smartphone at m.FEMA.gov. If the applicant has a speech disability or hearing loss and uses a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585 directly; if the applicant uses 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. Multilanguage assistance is available. Helpline hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

If you have registered for assistance with FEMA you may receive an SBA disaster loan application as part of your assistance package.

It is very important to complete and return the SBA application. Loans are not a requirement, but your application may qualify you for other FEMA assistance.

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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