St. Louis Public Radio News
12:56 pm
Thu May 8, 2003

Disaster Victims Should Call FEMA

Washington, DC – Disaster recovery officials are urging victims of this week's Midwest storms and tornadoes to call the Federal Emergency Management Agency and register for possible disaster assistance.

Homeowners, renters or business owners affected by severe storms since May 4 can apply.

The phone calls take about 20 minutes. Callers need to provide information including Social Security numbers, their income and must have a phone number where they can be reached.

But before making any calls to federal officials, FEMA says people should first call their own insurance agents. Once that is done, the number for FEMA is 1-800-621-3362.

For those who are hearing or speech impaired, the phone number is 1-800-462-7585.