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Next steps after registering for Disaster Assistance

I registered for FEMA assistance. What happens next?


After you register for assistance with FEMA, you will receive a copy of your registration and a pamphlet in the mail titled, "Help After A Disaster, An Applicant's Guide to the Individuals and Households Program". Please read the pamphlet carefully; it should answer most of your questions and provide information about other programs that may be able to assist in your recovery efforts.

If you do not have insurance to cover your disaster related damages, an inspection is required to process your application. For complete information about the inspection process, please see "What is the inspection process?. If you have insurance, please file a claim as soon as possible and send FEMA your settlement or denial letter. If you have been referred for a disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SBA may also contact you and schedule an appointment to review your disaster-related losses.

You also need to complete the Declaration and Release Form verifying that a member of the household is a citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien of the United States. This can be returned to the inspector or sent to FEMA.

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Mon, 02/08/2016 - 11:13