Mobile office opens to help Hurricane victims

September 17, 2008 9:46:49 AM PDT
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A mobile office is giving displaced residents a chance to get the ball rolling for federal aid.

The mobile command center has been set up at the American Legion Post 490 on 11702 Old Galveston Road in Houston across from Ellington Field. The mobile office will open at 9am and stay open until 7pm.

Congressman Nick Lampson says he had the mobile office stationed in an area outside of the surge zone, so when they were going to be needed they could be easily accessible.

This mobile center was set up to help people file their claims. They will have 200 laptops and 200 cell phones for those who have no phone service and electricity to get in touch with FEMA.

Congressman Lampson is reponsible for setting up this office and says there are specific requirements to qualify for assistance.

"Anyone with any kind of claim, whether it is damage to a home, whether it is cost for the evacuation process, whether it is just to get your life back in order for the basic needs that they have to become and live safely again," he said.

There are a few things that need to be done and gathered before contacting FEMA.

  • Your Social Security number
  • Current and pre-disaster address
  • A telephone number where you can be contacted
  • Type of insurance coverage
  • Total household annual income
  • A routing and account number from your bank (only necessary if you want to have disaster assistance funds transferred directly into your bank account)
  • A description of your losses that were caused by the disaster
  • Email address

As far as parking is concerned, there is a parking lot at the location but you can also park at Ellington Field and they will bus people over.

There will also be congressional aides on location to answer any questions.

For more information on applying for FEMA aid, Click Here.

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