FEMA Outlines Ways to Register for Federal Aid
The Austin American-Statesman posted a great resource here for victims of the Bastrop fire:
Residents have 60 days from Friday, when President Barack Obama officially deemed the fire a disaster, to register for assistance that could reach as much as $30,000 for each property owner. FEMA may accept some claims, or parts of claims, and reject others, but it will consider only claims of those who register by the deadline.
“Registering with FEMA is required for federal aid, even if the person has registered with another disaster relief organization such as the American Red Cross, local officials or churches,” officials said in a statement. Registrants with FEMA must use the name that appears on their Social Security card.”
Applicants will be asked to provide:
Social Security number
Address of the damaged home or apartment
Description of the damage
Information about insurance coverage
A current contact telephone number
An address where you can get mail
Bank account and routing numbers if you want direct deposit of any financial assistance.
People can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov, via smart phone at m.fema.gov or by calling 800-621-3362 or TTY at 800-462-7585. 711-Relay or Video Relay Services users can call 800-621-3362.
The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time seven days a week until further notice, officials said.
FEMA has set up a page for Bastrop County victims on its website that includes links to individual assistance information, safety tips and more.