FEMA applications open for Imelda victims

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be offering assistance to residents affected by Tropical Storm Imelda.

Applications for FEMA Individual Assistance for Imelda recovery open Sunday, October 6.

FEMA help comes in a variety of forms for home owners, certain types of renters, and businesses in Harris County.

The application will be open until February 28, 2021.

FEMA assistance cannot duplicate the assistance you receive from your insurance company, but you may receive assistance for items not covered by insurance.

You must apply online at disasterassistance.gov. Type in your address to see what kind of aid is available in your area.

The application requires your Social Security number or the SSN of a minor child in the household who is a U.S. Citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien, annual household income, contact information (phone number, mailing address, email address, and damaged home address), insurance information (coverage, insurance company name, etc.), and bank account information (if you are eligible to receive financial assistance, the money can be deposited in your account).

After you complete your application, FEMA will also complete a home inspection.

If you qualify for a grant, FEMA will provide you a check by mail or a direct deposit into your checking or savings account and a letter describing how you are to use the money.

If you are denied, FEMA will provide you a letter explaining why you did not qualify and an opportunity to appeal the decision.
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