Individuals, families and business owners affected by Hurricane Katrina should not hesitate to register for disaster aid if they have not already done so, advises the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Registering is the important first step to receiving assistance for losses resulting from Katrina.
Individuals and business owners can register by calling toll free: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the hearing- or speech-impaired. Those with Internet access can register online at www.fema.gov.
Furthermore, registrations can be conducted in the registrant’s native language. In consultation with State Emergency Response Teams, FEMA assesses the cultural makeup of affected communities in advance to determine if there are special language needs and provides direct assistance to callers with limited English proficiency.
Due to the high volume of calls, FEMA suggests calling during off-peak hours—late night or early morning. The registration lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Have the following information ready when you call:
Current and pre-disaster address
Current Telephone numbers
Insurance coverage, policy number(s) and agent’s name.
(Applicants are urged to contact their insurance company and file necessary claims, as Government assistance does not cover damage or losses already covered by private insurance.)