FEMA DISASTER SURVIVOR ASSISTANCE TEAMS HELP FLOOD SURVIVORS

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Release date: 
September 26, 2013
Release Number: 
NR-022

DENVER – Twenty-three Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams (DSATs) are helping flood survivors connect with recovery services in Adams, Boulder, Clear Creek, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer and Weld counties.

The DSATs are made up of disaster specialists from FEMA and are canvassing areas to give residents an opportunity to register for disaster assistance and to quickly address immediate and emerging needs. DSATs can also provide referrals to additional resources when unmet needs remain.

Using tablets, the FEMA teams will collect each survivor’s information and submit a request for federal assistance.  These mobile team members can be identified easily by their photo identifications and FEMA clothing. Colorado residents are reminded to ask for federal identification before providing personal information.

Homeowners, renters and business owners in designated counties who sustained damage as a result of the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides that began on Sept. 11, may now apply for state and federal disaster assistance.

Federal disaster assistance for qualified applicants may include:

  • Grants to rent a new place to live temporarily as needed.
  • Grants for home repairs not covered by insurance.
  • Grants for serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance—such as medical, dental and funeral expenses, moving and storage fees, and personal property replacement.

Survivors in the counties currently designated for Individual Assistance (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Clear Creek, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan and Weld) who sustained losses or damage from the storms may register with FEMA by visiting DisasterAssistance.gov, using their mobile device at m.fema.gov or by calling:  800-621-FEMA (3362). People who have a speech disability or are deaf or hard of hearing may call (TTY) 800-462-7585; users of 711 or Video Relay Service can call 800-621-3362. Help is available in many languages.

Register online:  www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

Register by Web-enabled device, tablet or smartphone: type m.fema.gov in the browser.

For more information on the disaster operations, go to fema.gov/disaster/4145

To find the DRC closest to you, go to fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers.

The toll-free numbers remain open from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. (MDT) seven days a week.

Last Updated: 
September 26, 2013 - 15:11
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