COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Recovery officials from the state of Missouri and the Federal Emergency Management Agency offer some ways to speed recovery in the disaster-designated counties of Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Holt, Lafayette and Platte.
Registering with FEMA is the first step in getting your life back together. Registration is free, fast (about 20 minutes) and can be done on the phone at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) TTY 1-800-462-7585; online at www.disasterassistance.gov or from a smartphone at m.fema.gov. Telephone registration is available 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.
When you register for assistance, you will need your current address, the address of the damaged property, contact information where FEMA can reach you, Social Security number, insurance and household information.
Register, even if you are insured. Your insurance may not cover everything and some damage may not show up until later. Do not wait until you have settled with your insurer to register with FEMA. There is no requirement to have flood insurance to qualify for assistance.
You may receive a U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loan application package in the mail. Complete the loan package and return it promptly because the SBA application is a necessary step to being considered for some other forms of disaster assistance. You do not have to take out a loan. If you have questions about SBA programs, call 800-659-2955 or visit www.sba.gov.
You may qualify for some form of federal assistance if you had disaster damage. Let FEMA determine your eligibility; don't disqualify yourself.
A FEMA inspector will make an appointment to visit your property. Make every effort to meet the inspector on site. Call 1- 800-621-FEMA (3362) and choose the Helpline option if you need to change the appointment. All FEMA inspectors have photo ID FEMA badges and do not charge for inspections or recommend contractors.
It is very important to stay in touch with FEMA during the recovery process so that inspectors and other FEMA personnel may contact you with questions or answers to questions. Make sure if you change your mailing address, you let FEMA know.
Stay informed by accessing important disaster assistance information and resources on FEMA's new mobile website. Access critical information regarding disaster recovery and emergency preparedness directly from your Smartphone at m.fema.gov.
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.