FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) has extended the deadline for registering for assistance to January 28, 2013. The original deadline was December 31, 2012.
According to FEMA, those individuals who have already filed a claim with their insurance companies may also be eligible for federal assistance. FEMA cannot provide money to individuals or households for those losses covered by insurance but may be able to supplement damages not covered. Upon registering with FEMA by the December 31st deadline, residents will have up to twelve months to submit the necessary insurance information for FEMA’s review.
Applications for assistance can be made via the Internet by visiting www.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) (hearing/speech impaired ONLY – call 1-800-462-7585). FEMA requires homeowners to supply them with their social security number, a description of losses caused by the disaster, insurance information, directions to the damaged property and a phone number.