- View the Federal Disaster Declaration Process (PDF, 2 MB) to learn when you can apply for assistance.
- View the Disaster Survivor Application Checklist.
- Find disaster assistance that meets your personal needs.
- Locate more than 70 forms of assistance from 17 federal agencies.
- Apply for disaster assistance.
- Check the status of your application.
- Find site Help and view FAQs.
- Meet with someone in person at a FEMA disaster recovery center.
- Find a hotel participating in the Transitional Shelter Assistance Program.
- Find rental properties identified by federal agencies.
- Struggling with difficult emotions after a disaster? Call the Disaster Distress Helpline24/7, toll-free at 1-800-985-5990 or text Talk WithUs to 66746 (standard text message rates apply).
- Get information on FEMA’s Public Assistance Program, which provides assistance to states, local and tribal communities and certain types of nonprofit
Disaster Survivor Application Checklist
Before starting your application, you, your co-applicant or a minor in your home must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien. Please have a pen and paper and the following information ready:
- Social Security Number If you do not have a Social Security number, please apply for a Social Security number, then visit DisasterAssistance.gov or call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 to complete your disaster application. Your household may still be able to receive assistance if there is a minor in the household who is a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien with a Social Security number.
- Insurance Information Describe the type(s) of insurance coverage you have, such as homeowners, flood, automobile, mobile home insurance, etc.
- Damage Information Describe your damages caused by the disaster, including the type of disaster (flood, hurricane, earthquake) and type of dwelling (mobile home, house) or vehicle (car, boat).
- Financial Information Provide your family’s total annual household income, before taxes, at the time of the disaster.
- Contact Information Give FEMA the address and phone number where the damages happened and the address and phone number where you can be reached after the disaster.
- Direct Deposit Information (optional) If you are approved for assistance and want your funds deposited directly into your bank account, provide your banking information. This includes Bank name, Type of account (ex: checking, savings, etc.), Routing number, Account number
When a disaster is pending, you will need to move quickly. Here are some resources to get you started.
You can search for open shelters by texting SHELTER and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA). Example: Shelter 01234 (standard rates apply).
You can also find a hotel participating in the Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) Program.
- Evacuate or Stay Put – Decide to evacuate or stay put and shelter in place.
- Gathering Up Loved Ones – Make a plan to gather family and pets.
- Emergency Food and Water – Find food and water in an emergency.
- Emergency Shelter – Locate an emergency shelter.
- Emergency Medical – Learn basic tips on caring for injuries.
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