Before, During & After a Disaster
Apply for Assistance, Disaster Declarations
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In order for a major disaster to be declared, the Governor of the affected State must first submit a request for assistance to the President. The request should explain how the disaster is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the State and affected local governments. Governors will include in their request estimates of the disaster damage and its impact on individuals and public facilities and will specifically list which counties should be considered to receive Federal assistance. The President will make his declaration determination based on the information provided in the Governor's request. Additional information about how a disaster declaration is requested is available at the Declaration Process Fact Sheet
For current Federal disaster declarations please visit our Disaster Declarations webpage. Keep watching the media for announcements of any new FEMA declarations.
If you or anyone you know has immediate needs, you may want to contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or the United Way by dialing 2-1-1 from a landline phone.