FEMA Launches New Website to Help Disaster Victims

Citizens affected by a presidentially declared disaster can now use the Internet to help get their lives back to normal.

On December 30, 2008, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the launch of DisasterAssistance.gov, a central, online location for all forms of Federal disaster aid. This partnership of 17 Federal agencies consolidates information on over 50 types of assistance and speeds the application process.

DisasterAssistance.gov visitors can:

  • Apply for FEMA assistance and U.S. Small Business Administration loans through a single online application.
  • Check the status of online applications.
  • Redirect Social Security benefits to a new address.
  • Access Federal student loan account information.

The website uses a questionnaire customized by GovBenefits.gov to simplify the search process. GovBenefits.gov technology allows visitors to search by Federal agency and by assistance category.
DisasterAssistance.gov provides links to other forms of assistance and additional aid information. In future releases, a growing number of online applications will be available to visitors.

For more information, please visit: http://www.disasterassistance.gov.