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What To Know When Applying For FEMA Assistance

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Mike Wade, FEMA Mike Wade, FEMA

CRISFIELD, Md. - Somerset County, FEMA assistance is coming your way.

But the paperwork may bring along some confusion.  WMDT asked residents if they knew about the application process.

"No I don't," said Gene Tyler of Crisfield, Md. 

Debra Sorenson of Crisfield, Md. said that she "called once and put in a claim, but I never heard back."    

Enter Mike Wade, FEMA's spokesperson who tells WMDT certain things you'll need to have handy before applying for the maximum $30,600 grant.

"Where they are currently living at, an address and a phone number where they can be contacted," said Wade.   

Also, you will need to bring your social security number, a brief description of damages, insurance information and financial records. 

To view a checklist, click here.      

Once you're done applying and, if you're accepted, you'll need to set up an appointment with an inspector.

"If they make that appointment not to miss it, because that's the first step in getting any assistance from FEMA," said Wade.    

Don't think your damage is significant enough?

"Without them registering they will never known whether they could have gotten assistance or not," said Wade. "Take care of your own family and apply so that you can at least go through the process."

Here's some addition information you'll need to know:

If you tried to register before federal assistance came to Somerset County and did not receive a registration number, you will need to re-register either on the phone or online.

If you did receive a registration number, but forgot it, call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362. For the hearing and speech impaired, TTY is 1-800-462-7585.

FEMA personnel will be going door-to-door all day tomorrow to explain the application process in person, so make sure to look out for them.

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