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Are you really registered?

PRINCETON — Bureau County residents should make sure they have correctly registered for individual federal disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

On Monday, Bureau County ESDA coordinator Kris Donarski said the preliminary gathering of information, taken after the spring storms and flooding that occurred between April 16 and May 5, is not all that is needed for individuals to be registered with FEMA for individual disaster assistance.

“After the spring storms and flooding that took place between April 16 and May 5, many affected residents have spoken to representatives from insurance companies and state and local agencies about disaster assistance and may be under the mistaken impression they have registered with FEMA’” Donarski said.

A resident can know for sure he/she has registered with FEMA if he/she has been assigned a nine-digit registration identification number, which verifies the individual’s registration status, Donarski said.

The deadline to register for FEMA individual disaster assistance is July 9.

There are several ways to register with FEMA for disaster assistance, including calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Residents who use 711 Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362. The toll free numbers operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Bureau County residents can also register for individual FEMA disaster assistance by going online at wwww.disasterassistance.gov, or by web-enabled phones at m.fema.gov.

As reported earlier in the Bureau County Republican, Bureau County residents should have the following information available when registering for disaster assistance: Social Security number; insurance information; current mailing address; current phone number; address of the damaged property; and a brief description of the damages.

On Monday, Donarski said this is the first time in her knowledge that Bureau County has been declared eligible for federal individual disaster assistance, though the county has been declared eligible before for government federal disaster assistance.

Again, the registration for federal assistance is done directly with FEMA and not through her office, Donarski said.

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