Disaster Survivor Application Checklist
Before you start your FEMA application, please have the information below and a pen and paper ready.
Social Security Number
You, another adult member or minor child in your household must have a Social Security number. You or they must also be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.
If you don't have a Social Security number, read the article How do I apply for a new or replacement Social Security number card. You will get instructions on what to do and what documents you will need.
Once you have your number, you may come back to DisasterAssistance.gov or call FEMA at one of the phone numbers above to apply.
Describe the type(s) of insurance coverage you have. This could include coverage under policies like homeowners, flood, automobile, or mobile home insurance.
Describe the damage caused by the disaster. Include the type of disaster (like flood, hurricane, or earthquake) and the type of dwelling or vehicle (like a condo, mobile home or house, or a car or truck).
Provide your total annual household income, before taxes, at the time of the disaster.
Provide the address and phone number of the property where the damage occurred and the address and phone number of where we can reach you now.
Direct Deposit Information (optional)
If approved, we can deposit your funds directly into your bank account. You just need to provide the following banking information:
- Bank name
- Type of account (like checking or savings)
- Routing number
- Account number
NEED HELP? If you need help with the application, please call FEMA at one of the phone numbers below.
For help with your application or to apply by phone for FEMA assistance, call:
- 1‑800‑621‑3362 (711 and VRS available)
- TTY 1‑800‑462‑7585
- If you use a relay service (a videophone, InnoCaption, CapTel, etc.), please provide your number assigned to that service. FEMA must be able to contact you. Be aware that phone calls from FEMA may appear to come from an unidentified number.
To apply for other assistance that FEMA doesn’t manage:
You must follow the instructions provided for each program. This may require going to other agency websites.
Read How do I search for assistance on our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page to learn more.