Tornado Relief: Federal Disaster Assistance for Massachusetts Residence in Hampden and Worcester Counties
BOSTON, Mass. — Disaster assistance is now available for Massachusetts residents in Hampden and Worcester counties who suffered losses related to the tornado of June 1, 2011. Disaster officials with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urge people with uninsured or underinsured losses to register for help as soon as possible.
How do I apply for disaster assistance?
People can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or in Spanish at www.disasterassistance.gov/home?langcode=ES call FEMA’s toll free registration number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers operate from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. (EDT) seven days a week. It will take about 15 minutes to complete the process.Before applicants call or go online, they should gather the following basic information to speed up the process:
- Social Security number
- Telephone number where he or she can be reached
- Address of the damaged property
- Current mailing address
- Brief description of disaster-related damages and losses
- Insurance information
- Direct deposit information to help speed delivery of funds
Is there any cost associated with registering for disaster assistance?
No. There are no costs related to registering for or receiving federal disaster assistance.