Last Updated: Friday, June 12, 2015

FEMA Disaster Assistance: 3 rumors you shouldn't believe

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has defined Disaster assistance as:
The financial or direct assistance to individuals and families whose property has been damaged or destroyed as a result of a federally-declared disaster, and whose losses are not covered by insurance
FEMA has recently mentioned the rumors verses facts about disaster assistance. The most common question is whether survivors can register or not for FEMA assistance.The fact is that survivors may be eligible for FEMA disaster aid for their uninsured and underinsured losses and damage.

It takes a long time for FEMA disaster aid to reach survivors

FEMA deploys Individual Assistance specialists on the ground. Specialists will continue to process assistance for eligible survivors as applications are received.

If survivors receive FEMA assistance, it could reduce their Social Security benefits

Disaster assistance does not count as income. FEMA assistance will not affect Social Security or other federal benefits.

FEMA disaster assistance phone number

FEMA has clearly mentioned that the disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status.  If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY, call 800-462-7585.

The disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing, or visiting SBA’s website at Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

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