Monday, September 4, 2017

How to Start a Claim with FEMA (Plus benefits for income you may not know about.)

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Filing a Claim with FEMA 

Yesterday, I saw this blurb on the official Facebook Page for Fort Bend County's Emergency Management.  This was easier for me to understand than the usual government-speak!  
A Presidential Major Disaster Declaration from Hurricane Harvey (DR-4332) was made for the state of Texas, including Fort Bend County, on August 25, 2017. Her is a brief overview of how to get started.
*Register with FEMA and submit your application:
-You may register for FEMA assistance over the phone or
online. We encourage those who are able to register online, as there may be frustrating wait times for the phone line.
-Online: 1 800 621 FEMA (1 800 621 3362)
-When you register for disaster assistance either online or by phone, you will need the following to complete your application:
-Social Security number
-Address of the location where the damage occurred
-Current mailing address
-Current telephone number
-Insurance information
-Total household annual income
-Routing and account number for your checking or savings
-A description of your disaster-caused damage and losses
*For more details on FEMA claims process, visit:*For information on filing a flood insurance claim, visit:

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Recovery Resources (From The Facts, Brazoria County

[Note:  Normally, I won't cut and paste content from another page, but I think in this case, getting the information out to those who need it is more important.  The Facts requires a subscription normally; however, the site is free currently because of  Hurricane Harvey, but I don't know for how long.] 
To apply for the Disaster Unemployment Assistance Program, call the Texas Workforce Commission between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at 800-939-6631 or apply online at .
Reference disaster declaration DR-4332. Application deadline is Sept. 27.
This unemployment insurance benefit is especially for victims of disaster who:
Have applied for and used all regular unemployment benefits from any state, or do not qualify for unemployment benefits;
Worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment in the disaster area;
Can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster;
Establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their primary source of income;
Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster; or
Became the breadwinner or major support of a household because of the death of the head of household.
For Individual Disaster Assistance, go to to find the correct information and applications for your needs. Simply scroll through the different types of assistance until you find the one that best suits your need.
Applicants also can go directly to to apply for assistance in regards to Hurricane Harvey.
More information is available at
Financial Assistance
For Financial assistance after a disaster go to There you will find applications for assistance and information.
Social Security
Social Security has established three emergency payment locations in Texas where Social Security and SSI beneficiaries may request an immediate payment in person if they cannot receive their regular payment. The locations and hours are:
Houston: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas.
Dallas: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kay Bailey Hutchison Dallas Convention Center, 650 S. Griffin St.
Austin: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today, 7000 Metropolis Drive
For people who cannot receive their regularly scheduled Social Security payment as a result of Hurricane Harvey, in most cases they can go to any open Social Security office and request an immediate payment. A list of offices that are currently closed, as well as additional information for the public, is available at
To find the nearest open Social Security office outside of the affected areas, call 800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or go to

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