Disaster Survivor Application Checklist

To Apply for Assistance Following a Disaster:

Apply Online:

Go to DisasterAssistance.gov on your computer or smartphone.

You can quickly apply for many forms of assistance on one website.

Update and check the status of your application online.

Apply by phone for FEMA assistance only:

Call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362).

People with speech and hearing disabilities can call 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).

For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.

  • Information Checklist

    Before starting your application, you, your spouse or a minor in your home must:

    • Have a Social Security number and
    • Be a U.S. Citizen, Non-Citizen National or Qualified Alien.

    If you do not have a Social Security number, please apply for a Social Security number, then visit DisasterAssistance.gov or call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 to complete your disaster application.

    Please have a pen and paper and the following information ready:

    Social Security Number
    If you do not have a Social Security number, your household may still be able to receive assistance if there is a minor in the household who is a U.S. Citizen, Non-Citizen National or Qualified Alien with a Social Security number.

    Insurance Information
    Describe the type(s) of insurance coverage you have, such as homeowners, flood, automobile, mobile home insurance, etc.

    Damage Information
    Describe your damages caused by the disaster, including the type of disaster (flood, hurricane, earthquake) and type of dwelling (mobile home, house) or vehicle (car, boat).

    Financial Information
    Provide your family's total annual household income, before taxes, at the time of the disaster.

    Contact Information
    Give FEMA the address and phone number where the damages happened and the address and phone number where you can be reached after the disaster.

    Direct Deposit Information (optional)
    If you are approved for assistance and want your funds deposited directly into your bank account, provide your banking information. This includes:

    • Bank name
    • Type of account (ex: checking, savings, etc.)
    • Routing number
    • Account number