3 FAQs About Applying Online for Disaster Assistance
The DisasterAssistance.gov site has made it easy to apply for aid and check on the status of your application. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), acts as the managing partner.
What Information Does the Site Provide?
- Find disaster assistance that meets your personal needs.
- Learn about more than 70 forms of assistance from 17 federal agencies.
- Apply for disaster assistance and reduce the number of forms you have to fill out.
- Check the status of your application.
- Find a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) near you.
- Find a hotel or a new place to live.
- Find programs to help with food and nutrition needs.
- Change the address for your Social Security, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), or other federal benefits.
- Learn about Small Business Administration (SBA) loans for homeowners, renters, and businesses.
How Do I Use the Site?
- Create an account
- Log in to check your status
- Securely view messages from Disaster Assistance Improvement Program’s (DAIP)
- Update personal information
- Upload important documents
Where Can I Get Help with the Site?
For questions about how to apply, information in your account, or help offered by FEMA, call the FEMA Helpline, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, 7 days a week:
- 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362)
- TTY 1-800-462-7585
- 711 or VRS 1-800-621-3362
- Send email from the Disaster Assistance webform.