The FEMA disaster relief application process.
If you’ve been affected by disaster, filling out a FEMA disaster relief application can be the first step to get your life back on track.
Even if you have insurance, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) might be able to help cover some of the damage expenses brought on by disasters. If you’re a homeowner, renter, or business owner whose property was damaged by a natural disaster, filing a disaster relief application can help. Here’s how.
What you’ll need.
Before you begin the FEMA disaster relief application process, it’s a good idea to compile all the necessary information:
- Social security number (SSN) — You must have a valid Social Security number to apply for government disaster relief.
- Insurance information — Describe your insurance policies and their coverages.
- Damage information — Mention the type of disaster and describe the damage to your property.
- Financial information — You’ll need to include financial information like total household income, as well as banking information for any potential deposit.
- Contact information — Your name, phone number, and address.
Fill out an online application.
Once you have all the necessary information, go to the FEMA website (www.fema.gov) and begin your application:
- Select your location.
- Choose a declared disaster.
- Fill in required fields.
Funds are only available for declared disasters. In some cases, it takes time for a disaster to be declared. If that’s the case, keep an eye on the website to see when the declaration has been made for your area. When those emergency funds become available, then fill out the application.
Sign and submit your application.
Since the FEMA disaster relief application is an official government document, it requires a legal signature to complete. To simplify the process, sign with an e-signature using software like Acrobat Sign. That way, you can add your legal signature with the click of a button. You’ve already been through enough, so skip having to deal with printers and scanners.
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