Disaster Assistance Program

The Disaster Assistance Improvement Program’s missions is to provide survivors of disasters with not only information, but support and services as well as a means to access and apply for disaster assistance. People can apply for this disaster assistance through joint data-sharing efforts between not only federal, but tribal, state, local, and private sector partners.

On DisasterAssistance.gov you can find assistance, apply online and check on your status. You can also enter your full address in the appropriate box on the homepage to find out if your area has been declared for Individual Assistance. The homepage will also help you to find local resources to suit your immediate needs. To do this you will need to enter an address in order to get a list of all the closest FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers and Red Cross units. Enter this address into the appropriate box on the interactive map on the homepage.

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Visit www.disasterassistance.gov and by viewing the “Get Assistance” tab you will be able to see that there are several different options for you to choose from on the drop-down menu. These are

  • Address look-up
  • Find Assistance
  • Apply Online
  • Check Your Status
  • Assistance by Category
  • Assistance by Federal Agency
  • Application Checklist
  • Forms

If any of these topics seem to fit your current concerns, you can click on any of them to get more information.


By looking at the drop-down menu that comes up when you hover your cursor over the”Information” tab you can learn more about:

  • News Feed
  • Immediate Needs
  • Moving Forward
  • Community Resources
  • Disabilities or Access and Functional needs
  • Older Americans
  • Children and Families
  • Disaster Types
  • Foreign Disasters
  • Fact Sheets


If you need any sort of assistance you can visit the FAQs page. This page provides you with a list of common questions that you may be asking yourself. Such as “When can I apply for assistance?” “How to I apply for disasterassistance?” “How do I check the status of my application?” And “Does early registration automatically submit my application when the disaster is declared?” These questions are all reasonable ones. And there are many more that are listed on this page. They are organized into four different categories: before you apply, when you apply, after you apply and early registration.

If you still have questions or would like to speak to someone directly, you can visit the “Contact Us” page for contact information. This will help you get connected to the FEMA Helpline. Contact the FEMA Helpline if you have questions about:

  • The help offered by FEMA.
  • How to apply for assistance.
  • Information in your account.

The following is the contact information for the FEMA Helpline:

  • 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362)
  • TTY 1-800-462-7585
  • 711 or VRS 1-800-621-3362
  • Email: FEMA-ContactUs@fema.dhs.gov
  • Or write to:FEMA
    P.O. Box 10055
    Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055

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