Emergency Management

How to apply for FEMA assistance
Posted By Sheri Badger on Dec 13th, 2006 at 11:17 AM

Tacoma, WA – December 13, 2006 – Pierce County residents and business owners who sustained flood losses can apply for assistance by registering online at www.fema.gov or by calling 1-800- 621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (local time) Monday through Saturday until further notice. What information is needed to apply? Whether applying online OR over the phone, you should have a pen and paper and the following information ready:

  Your Social Security number.

  Current and pre-disaster address.

  A telephone number where you can be contacted.

  Insurance information.

  Total household annual income

  A routing and account number from your bank (only necessary if you want to have disaster assistance funds transferred directly into your bank account).

  A description of your losses that were caused by the disaster. Note: FEMA verifies the name and social security number of those registering for disaster assistance. If the name and social security number on file with the social security administration does not match the information you provide you will be asked to submit a copy of an original document, e.g. marriage license, military ID, tax documents, etc., for proof of identity. A need to review and update identity documentation may cause delays in delivery of assistance. After you’ve completed your application for assistance, you will receive a FEMA application number. Write down this number and keep it for future reference.