Are you a resident of Hawaii whose property was damaged by the ongoing Hurricane Lane, You can now apply for FEMA disaster assistance relief program to help recover your damaged property at www.disasterassistance.gov portal.
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) is an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security. FEMA provides assistance to individual and families affected by natural disaster’s. In addition to operating response teams themselves, they assist in training state, tribal, and community-based teams to handle emergencies in their respective areas.
They are two ways in which one can apply for the program. You can either apply through phone by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or online by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov portal.
If you were affected by the ongoing Hurricane Lane or the recently Kīlauea Volcano, read this article now as it contains full details about FEMA DISASTER ASSISTANCE Application Guide.
FEMA DISASTER ASSISTANCE Application – www.disasterassistance.gov Portal.
Before you proceed to file for assistance, make sure the following details are in place:
- Social Security number
- Telephone number
- Mailing address
- Private insurance information
- Bank account information for direct deposit
- Paperwork related to damaged property (photos, receipts, etc.)
Once you have the above-listed details, you can proceed to www.disasterassistance.gov portal and click on Disaster Resources. Make sure you complete all the forms correctly to not slow down the process time.
Once you file for assistance, FEMA only has 10 days to respond and if you are approved, you be able to receive assistance within 2 to 3 days.
If you qualify for a grant, FEMA will provide you:
- A check by mail or a direct deposit into your checking or savings account, and
- A letter describing how you are to use the money.
If you do not qualify for a grant, FEMA will provide you:
- A letter explaining why you did not qualify, and
- An opportunity to appeal the decision.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status.
For further assistance, you can contact the following phone numbers.
- Call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
- Those who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, call 1-800-462-7585.
- For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.
The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time seven days a week until further notice.