FEMA Assistance Won’t Affect Other Benefits

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July 10, 2024

FEMA assistance is not taxable. Applying for disaster assistance will not affect other federal benefits you may receive. 

Accepting FEMA funds will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits or other federal or state benefit programs.

Disaster funds help survivors pay for temporary housing, essential home repairs, essential personal property replacement, and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other sources.

If you live in Baxter, Benton, Boone, Fulton, Greene, Madison, Marion and Randolph counties and you had loss or damage from the severe storms and tornadoes that occurred May 24-27, FEMA may be able to help.

Ways to Apply to FEMA 

There are several ways to apply:

  • Visit a Disaster Recover Center. To find a center close to you, go online to: DRC Locator.
  • Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages. The Helpline is available daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. CT.
  • Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov
  • Download the FEMA mobile app

To view accessible video on how to apply visit Three Ways to Apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance - YouTube. The deadline to apply is Aug. 28, 2024.

For the latest information visit fema.gov/disaster/4788. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6 or on Facebook at facebook.com/FEMARegion6/.

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