Tips - Applying for Disaster Assistance
This article can let you know important information about applying for disaster assistance. This article was written by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.
The deadline to apply is 60 days from the date the disaster was declared unless extended by FEMA. Before contacting FEMA, write what you’ve lost as a result of the disaster -home, personal property, car, your job. Then write down what you need: a place to live, medical care, money for rent, help with repair or replacement of your home.
- Don’t apply a second time as it will cause problems with your claim.
- If you haven’t heard from FEMA, call them.
- If denied, you generally have 60 days to file a written, signed appeal.
- You should include the following statement: ““I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.”
Merchant's Statement – a bill or similar document sent to your home with your name (or name of coapplicant). Merchant statements include credit card bills, delivery notices, and other first class mail addressed to you and showing the street address of the home. Use these only if you don’t have a utility bill or landlord’s statement.
Declarative Statement – If you are unable to establish occupancy with any of the above, you can submit a declarative statement as proof of occupancy. Do not use the statement if it would conflict with any other information in your application. This is your written, sworn statement, certifying that you normally occupy the residence for more than 6 months of the calendar year. It must be written, signed, and have the address of the damaged dwelling. The statement should include the following declarative statement in one form or another: “I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.”