West Virginians: One Day Left to Register for FEMA Disaster Assistance

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The registration deadline to apply for FEMA disaster assistance for the July 28-29 flooding event is one day away.

The deadline to register is tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 at midnight.

Survivors can register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance by using any of the following methods:

• Going online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or downloading the FEMA mobile app.
• Calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).
  o People who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585.
  o For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.
  o These toll-free numbers operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (local time).

Applicants referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration by FEMA should also apply for disaster loan assistance by Oct.17. Submitting a loan application does not imply acceptance of a loan, but is a necessary step to be considered for other forms of disaster assistance.   

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at www.SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Those who have experienced damage from the storms may be eligible for FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program.  This may cover expenses for temporary housing, home repairs, replacement of damaged personal property and other disaster-related needs, such as medical, dental or transportation costs not covered by insurance or other programs.

FEMA assistance for homeowners and renters may include grants for rent, temporary housing and home repair to their primary residence, as well as other serious disaster-related needs.

FEMA assistance is not dependent on income. The determination on the amount of disaster assistance an eligible applicant receives is based on disaster-related damage incurred as a direct result of the recent storms and flooding and the amount of their insurance settlement, if any.

Disaster assistance for essential home repairs, replacement of personal property or for other serious needs does not count as taxable income. West Virginians affected by the severe storms and flooding who receive federal assistance will not lose Social Security or Medicare benefits, will not pay additional taxes, or give up income-based benefit programs.

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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.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow us on Twitter at and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These 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 disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

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