Flood Survivors can expect to see FEMA visiting their neighborhoods

From Federal Emergency Management Agency

Housing inspectors and Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will soon be hitting the streets in towns throughout Conway, Crawford, Faulkner, Jefferson, Perry, Pulaski, Sebastian, and Yell counties. They are there to help disaster survivors get connected with potential assistance.

Inspections occur once survivors register with FEMA.  They are an essential part of the recovery process for those who need to make their primary residences livable again or have serious personal property loss. Homeowners and renters should make sure their contact information is up to date and have access to a telephone.  They will need to have a photo identification and proof of ownership or a lease.

Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams go door-to-door in affected areas to answer questions about the types of help available, help survivors apply for state and federal assistance, update an applicant’s contact information, and help with referrals to community partners.

If you’re meeting a FEMA representative in person, ask to see their identification badge. All federal employees carry official, laminated photo identification.  FEMA shirts, hats and jackets do not make them official.

When a FEMA inspector comes to your damaged home, he or she will require verification of your identity, but will already have your registration number, so should not ask you for it. Keep our FEMA registration number safe.  Do not share it with others.

Beware of individuals charging a fee to apply for disaster assistance, provide a home inspection or any other service. Neither FEMA nor Small Business Administration staff inspectors require banking information or payment in any form. They also do not determine eligibility or dollar amounts of assistance.

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Robin Smith

DHS FEMA Region 6 External Affairs