For anyone underinsured or uninsured, DisasterAssistance.gov offers grants for home repairs or replacement of personal property, low-interest loans to cover residential losses not covered by insurance, rental payments for temporary housing, unemployment payments, and other disaster-related expenses. If you do not have internet access, you can call 1-800-621-FEMA (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 (pre-disaster address)
• Current mailing address
• Current telephone number
• Insurance information
• Total household annual income
• Routing and account number for your checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into your bank account).
• A description of your disaster-caused damage and losses
Nonprofits are also collecting donations to provide aid and supplies to those in need, like the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund established by County Judge Ed Emmet and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. Visit ghcf.org/hurricane-relief for more information.
Several local and national organizations are collecting donations for general disaster relief efforts, including the United Way, Americares, Salvation Army, Save the Children, Global Giving, Direct Relief, Heart to Heart and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.
If you are interested in making a donation, be certain your contribution will go directly to those affected by Hurricane Harvey by asking questions first. There are numerous opportunities to give, just be aware of the organization and how your giving will be spent.
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