People can apply for disaster relief assistance online through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration, local governments and private organizations. Those in federally declared disaster areas are eligible for assistance from FEMA.Continue Reading
FEMA accepts online applications through its Disaster Assistance Center website, and the application is available in English and Spanish. Applicants should have their Social Security number, current and permanent address, telephone number and insurance information available. The agency needs to know the applicant’s annual income and the type of damage sustained in the disaster. The application process takes approximately 20 minutes.
The SBA issues low-interest loans to businesses and homeowners affected by presidentially declared disasters. These loans typically cover items such as business equipment, inventory, real estate and other business assets. The agency also provides some coverage to nonprofit organizations and renters. Applicants must supply their FEMA registration number, titles or leasing information, employee identification numbers and financial statements.
State agencies and private organizations also provide online applications for disaster relief, such as the State of Connecticut after Hurricane Sandy. The Connecticut EXP application may be submitted online, while supporting documents may be delivered in person, by email or by U.S. mail. The IAFF serves firefighters across the United States. The organization provides them with cash grants for food, temporary housing and clothing after federally declared disasters.Learn more about Social Services