FEMA disaster aid registration open now

May 29, 2013 09:52 PM
Last week Gov. Quinn announced Knox County had been approved for federal disaster aid due to flooding that occurred in the area between April 16 and May 5, 2013.Those residents affected may be eligible for federal assistance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will hold on-site registration hours at three locations this Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1. Persons living in Illinois and wishing to register for disaster assistance for that declaration may do so at these area locations:
Galesburg Community Center, 150 E. Simmons Street, Galesburg
Friday, May 31, 3 - 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m. - noon
John Mosser Public Library, 106 Meek Street, Abingdon, Illinois
Friday, May 31, 3 - 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m. - noon
Mable Woolsey Elementary School, Library Computer Lab, 106 Pleasant Avenue, Knoxville
Friday, May 31, 9 a.m. - noon
Saturday, June 1, 2 - 4 p.m.
This registration is not to be confused with the earlier survey taken that helped to qualify Knox County. If you called the Knox County Emergency Agency and provided your name and other information related to the April 16-May 5 flooding, you will still need to register. Anyone actually registered will have an official FEMA registration number. Without a registration number, disaster aid cannot be obtained for that resident. 
In addition to these on-site locations, residents may call FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362). Disaster survivors who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY can call 1-800-462-7585 directly.  Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service can call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362). Representatives are available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time or register by going to www.disasterassistance.gov. Registration will take place through July 9, 2013.
To register, you will need: a Social Security Number, insurance information, damage information, financial information, contact information and banking information including bank name, account type, routing and account numbers (for funds to be direct deposited). 
FEMA’s programs are not designed to take the place of insurance, nor can they cover all disaster-related losses. The assistance FEMA provides is not as comprehensive as an insurance policy. By law, FEMA cannot duplicate benefits, and FEMA can only help with verified losses not covered by your insurance company.
Call the Knox County Emergency Management Agency at 309/345-3756 for answers to questions.
Contact: Tom Simkins, Knox County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator
Phone: 309/345-3756
Email: firechf@ci.galesburg.il.us


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