MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- Louisa County residents who had damage from the Aug. 23 earthquake or its aftershocks now can register for federal disaster assistance.
"Registering is a critical step in putting your life back together after the earthquake," said Federal Coordinating Officer Don Keldsen of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
"Register even if you already reported your damage to your local emergency manager," said Virginia's State Coordinating Officer Michael Cline. "Registering with FEMA is the only way you'll be considered for federal disaster aid."
To register, call 800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 800-462-7585, or go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Phone lines are open from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. ET seven days a week. Online registration is available at any time. Those with smart phones or other mobile devices also can register at m.fema.gov.
It helps to have the following information handy before registering:
- Social Security number.
- Current and pre-disaster address.
- Telephone number where you can be reached.
- Insurance information.
- Total household annual income.
- Routing and account number from your bank (if you want to have disaster assistance funds transferred directly into your bank account).
- Description of losses caused by the earthquake.
After registering, you will receive a FEMA application number. Write down this number and keep it for future reference.
Assistance from FEMA could include:
- Temporary housing - money for a different place to live.
- Repairs - assistance to repair some of the disaster-related damage not covered by insurance.
- Other needs assistance - assistance for necessary and serious needs caused by the earthquake. This includes medical, dental, personal property, transportation, vehicle repair or replacement, moving and storage and other expenses approved by FEMA.
FEMA assistance may not restore your home to pre-disaster conditions. The goal is to make your damaged home safe, sanitary and functional. Homeowners and renters also may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
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.