FEMA Online Registration for Disaster Assistance Is Available 24/7

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Release date: 
November 9, 2012
Release Number: 
003

WINDSOR, Conn. – Hurricane Sandy survivors may register with FEMA for disaster assistance anytime day or night online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. If you have a web-enabled device, enter m.fema.gov in the web browser.

Call volume to the toll-free registration line for Hurricane Sandy survivors across the Northeast is high, but registering online can bypass any potential wait. Survivors who are unable to access a computer at home or who do not have smart devices can visit a Disaster Recovery Center or a public library.

Applicants can still register by calling FEMA at 800-621-3362. If you use a TTY, call
800-462-7585 directly; if you use 711 or Video Relay Service, call 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. 

“Online registration is fast and relatively easy,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Albert Lewis. “Just go to the website and follow the prompts. You’ll need your Social Security number, available insurance information, a description of the damages, location of the property and a daytime phone number if we need to contact you.”

Homeowners and renters who suffered losses in the designated counties should register for disaster assistance such as grants for temporary housing or essential repairs to make their homes safe and secure. Low-interest disaster loans may also be available through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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). For TTY, call 800-462-7585.

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 nonprofit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding effort, 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.

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: 
November 13, 2012 - 15:03
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