Recovering from a disaster is a gradual process. Safety is a primary issue, as are mental and physical well-being.
FEMA defines disaster assistance as money or direct assistance to individuals, families and businesses whose property has been damaged or destroyed and whose losses are not covered by insurance. It is meant to help with critical expenses that cannot be covered in other ways. This assistance is not intended to restore your damaged property to its condition before the disaster.
DHS/FEMA may assist you with:
If you have incurred losses in an area covered by a disaster declaration you may apply for Disaster Assistance online at the interagency Disaster Assistance website or over the phone 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The website is www.disasterassistance.org.
The Disaster Assistance website offers a short anonymous questionnaire to determine forms of assistance you may be eligible for. The website provides further information on additional disaster assistance and resources.
This website provides further information on additional disaster assistance and resources.
Meet with someone in person at a FEMA disaster recovery center.
Find a hotel participating in the Transitional Shelter Assistance Program.
Find rental properties identified by federal agencies.
Struggling with difficult emotions after a disaster? Call the Disaster Distress Helpline24/7, toll-free at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 (standard text message rates apply).
Get information on FEMA’s Public Assistance Program, which provides assistance to states, local and tribal communities and certain types of nonprofit organizations.