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Registering for Individual Assistance

How do I register for disaster assistance?

FEMA encourages all individuals who have damages or have had to evacuate because of a federally declared disaster to apply for disaster assistance.

There are three ways to register for FEMA/state assistance.

  1. You may register online at or on a smartphone at FEMA.
  2. Call the toll-free registration number at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 1-800-427-5593 directly. If you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362, or
  3. If Disaster Recovery Centers have been established in your area, they can assist you in the registration process.

When you apply you should have a pen and paper available to write down important information.  You will receive a 9-digit number for your registration.  This will be one of your unique identifiers.  Write the number down and keep it in a safe place. 

You will need:

  • your social security number
  • current mailing address
  • damaged home address
  • phone numbers
  • type of insurance coverage
  • 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.

If you do not have your bank routing number you can find it on the Federal ABA Bank Routing Number Directory.  If you wish to receive E-mail notifications and text messages, you will need to provide that information, but if you prefer postal mail you can receive information to your current mailing address. 


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Sun, 09/10/2017 - 15:42