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Text Messages

FEMA text messages are sent from our dedicated number: 43362.  

You can use FEMA's text message program to: 

Important Information 

  • For emergencies, contact your local police, fire, or emergency medical services (EMS) agencies.  
  • A FEMA representative will not send text messages asking for personal or financial information and will never ask for money. If you suspect disaster fraud, report it immediately.
  • We will never charge you for text messages, but carrier message and data rates may apply. Your carrier may collect additional data elements; please see their privacy policies for further details. 
  • We will not use your number for tracking, reverse look up, or any type of commercial marketing.

Disaster Survivors

  • FEMA inspectors may send text messages from their cell phones to schedule a time for your home inspection. 
  • In some cases, you may receive an automated text message from a third party on behalf of FEMA regarding your registration for FEMA assistance. 

Search for Emergency Shelters Near You 

To locate an open emergency shelter, text SHELTER and a Zip Code to 43362

Note: Searching for shelters will not add you to a list. 

Find Open Disaster Recovery Centers in Your Area 

To locate an open Disaster Recovery Center, text DRC and a Zip Code to 43362

Note: Searching for Disaster Recovery Centers will not add you to a list. 

Sign Up For Safety Tips 

Sign up to receive general information about how to prepare for any type of disaster: 

  • Text PREPARE to 43362 

To see a list of other disaster specific safety tips you can subscribe to, text one of the keywords below to 43362. You can also get a list by texting LIST to 43362

  • BLACKOUT
  • EARTHQUAKE
  • FIRE
  • FLOOD
  • HURRICANE
  • TORNADO
  • WILDFIRE
  • WINTER

If you would like to subscribe to more than one list, please send a separate text for each topic.

Sending STOP will automatically unsubscribe you from all lists.

Download the FEMA App 

You can also use the FEMA text message program to receive a link for the FEMA App for your device. We’ll reply with a link back to your device's app store. 

  • Apple devices: text APPLE to 43362 
  • Android devices: text ANDROID to 43362