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After Applying for FEMA Assistance, It’s Important to Keep in Touch

Release date: 
October 11, 2019
Release Number: 
R4 DR-4429-MS NR 011

JACKSON, Miss. – It’s important to keep in touch with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after you have registered for disaster assistance.

Many survivors of the storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding that hit parts of Mississippi this year may be transitioning from their damaged homes to temporary rentals or other temporary housing. If you change your address, telephone number or bank account information, update that information with FEMA immediately.

Without accurate contact information on file with FEMA, you could miss important correspondence or telephone calls. Inaccurate banking information could lead to your direct-deposit grants being delayed. If you need to make any updates to your information, call FEMA at 800-621-3362 or make updates within your online account. If your flood-damaged home is inaccessible because of road closures, evacuation orders, or debris, advise FEMA once your house becomes available for inspection by a FEMA housing inspector.

If you suffered damage or loss from the storms and have not yet applied for FEMA disaster assistance, you should register right away.

You can apply by visiting www.DisasterAssistance.gov  or by calling 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585), 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Multilingual operators are available. The deadline to register is Nov. 19, 2019.

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All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585).

FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during, and after disasters.

Last Updated: 
October 11, 2019 - 10:10