Illinois residents affected by the November 17 severe storms and tornadoes may now call or go online to register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), state and federal officials announced today.
“Registering is an important way to help get you on the path to a variety of recovery programs,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Donald Keldsen. “Even those with insurance should apply. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but under-insured applicants may receive help after their insurance claims have been settled.”
The major federal disaster declaration, signed by President Obama November 26, offers Individual Assistance in the counties of Champaign, Douglas, Fayette, Grundy, Jasper, LaSalle, Massac, Pope, Tazewell, Vermilion, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, Will and Woodford.
Disaster survivors have several ways to apply:
• Individuals can call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- and hearing-impaired. If you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.
• Another option is to register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or via web-enabled phone or tablet at m.fema.gov.
The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT, seven days a week.
If you are insured, you will need to submit your settlement documentation to FEMA before an eligibility determination can be made. A letter will be sent after you apply explaining how to submit this paperwork.
A FEMA inspector may call you to arrange a visit to your damaged home or apartment. A FEMA inspector will always have an official badge visible during the inspection. Request to see identification before allowing the inspector to enter your home.
Those who qualify for FEMA assistance will receive a federal government check or the funds will be directly deposited into your designated bank account. A separate letter also will be sent to you explaining how you may use the funds.
If you have questions about FEMA assistance, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). You can also visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov or www.fema.gov.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
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