BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Filling out any form is overwhelming, but filling out paperwork after a major disaster is the last thing anyone wants to do.
Below is a guide from FEMA’s fact sheet to help and give tips on what information is needed and what to pay close attention to.
There are basic questions FEMA will ask such as your home address and the number of residents who live with you, but be prepared to fill out a family member’s Social Security number. If staying at a hotel or with a friend, give that address as well and whatever phone number they have.
The easiest and most efficient way to apply is by visiting FEMA’s disaster assistance website, which can be accessed here. If applying online isn’t possible, call (800)-621-3362. This line is toll-free and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If something on the application is not clear, click “Help for this page” which is located at the top left side of the form. The tab provides more information.
To upload documents, follow these steps:
– Step 1: Visit DisasterAssistance.gov
– Step 2: Select Check Status
– Step 3: Login or create your online account
– Step 4: Select the Correspondence tab
– Step 5: Select Upload Center
The four crucial things to include on all documents are you name, the last four numbers of you Social Security number, your FEMA application number and your FEMA disaster number. The final step is to follow the instructions that are provided online.
When FEMA asks for a “damaged phone number”, give the number your home uses at the time of the hurricane. FEMA will ask about damage to personal property, this is anything that is not land or a part of your home. Personal property includes clothes, furniture and appliances.
When FEMA asks if you are willing to relocate, they are asking if you are willing to relocate while repairs are made to your home.
There is a question on the form that asks about anyone in the household that uses any type of device with daily life such as a wheelchair or cane but this question also includes service animals or a personal care attendant.