FEMA helping disaster victims

Whether it’s a natural disaster or a man-made destruction, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, aka FEMA, is one of the first responders to help rebuild, recover and sustain the affected areas. It’s been a month since the disastrous tornado that ripped through Beavercreek in the middle of the night, leaving many displaced and lots of destruction. FEMA is here to help and will remain until they have reached everyone affected by this natural disaster. 

“The pockets are deep,” Faye Cooley of the FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Team said. “If you are eligible, you will get the money.” 

Since the tornado that occurred on Memorial Day, FEMA has been conducting door-to-door surveys and speaking with homeowners, renters, and business owners to help them apply for FEMA. To continue their efforts, they have opened a disaster relief station at Shaw Elementary which will remain open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. as long as needed. The disaster relief stations is a convenient way for affected individuals to make sure they apply for FEMA benefits. FEMA provides grant money that does not need to be repaid. 

THINGS NEEDED IN ORDER TO APPLY

  1. Social Security number; 
  2. Address of the damaged property; 
  3. Description of the damage; 
  4. Information regarding insurance coverage; 
  5. Telephone number; 
  6. Mailing address; and 
  7. Direct deposit banking information. 

“Our main focus is to get everyone registered and get them started in the recovery process,” Cooley said. “There are still people that are displaced and we are trying to locate them. There may be additional benefits afforded to them to help with rental assistance.” 

FEMA encourages everyone to apply, even if the loss was small or if other insurance is available. If individuals do not apply, they are sure to not receive help. 

“When you receive the decision letter, please make sure to read the whole letter. The letter will explain everything.” Cooley said. “If insurance is involved, you will be denied, initially. But, you can submit additional information then it will put you into play within the system of FEMA. Just go through the process.”

FEMA helps with repairs and replacements, not demolition or labor charges. 

FEMA individuals will be wearing FEMA clothing. Always ask for ID to ensure you are providing private information to the correct individuals. 
To apply for FEMA, visit Shaw Elementary seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., call 800-621-3362 or apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov.

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