COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Individuals who have registered for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency can check their registration status by phone or online.
To check a registration status, applicants may call FEMA's toll-free Helpline, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Applicants should be able to provide their Social Security number or their FEMA registration number before calling the Helpline.
Applicants may also check their registration status online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov by clicking the "Check Your Application Status" icon and following the prompts to create a user ID. Once a user ID has been created, the applicant may log in to the site at any time to see any disaster assistance updates.
Survivors of the recent flooding from June 1 to Aug. 1, 2011, in Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Holt, Platte and Lafayette counties who have not registered for disaster assistance with FEMA are urged to do so. The deadline to register is Oct. 11.
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.
Assistance may include FEMA grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-interest U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loans to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance and other programs to help homeowners, renters, business owners and nonprofit organizations recover from the effects of the disaster.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government's primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and covers the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). TTY 1-800-462-7585; or use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) to call 1-800-621-3362.
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.