How to apply...
Upon declaration of an emergency or major disaster, individuals and households may register an application for assistance with FEMA via a toll-free number or by visiting a Disaster Recovery Center.
Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.
Funds are allocated from the President's Disaster Relief Fund for use in a designated emergency or major disaster area. Individuals and households receive assistance directly from the State or through a State fund mechanism.
Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check.
Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office,
or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by
intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.