If you live in a disaster area declared by the President and need disaster help, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) (hearing/speech impaired ONLY—call TTY: 1-800-462-7585) or apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov. Click on “Apply Online” and the screens will prompt you through the process. If you get a busy signal when you call the 800 number, try calling in the evening after 10:00 p.m. or on the weekends when fewer people are trying to call. You may now also apply to https://www.fema.gov/ on your smart phone/mobile device.
When you apply, you should have a pen and paper available to write down important phone contacts. You will need your Social Security number, current and pre-disaster address, phone numbers, type of insurance coverage, total household annual income, a routing and account number from your bank if you want to have disaster assistance funds transferred directly into your bank account, and a description of your losses caused by the disaster.