FEMA reps to begin inspecting damaged homes, businesses and property

By Bryan Ramos

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ederal assistance is now available in the Rio Grande Valley as FEMA begins to inspect damaged homes, businesses and properties across the Valley following last months flooding.

Hidalgo County has been granted a 60-day federal assistance window in order for affected residents to register for federal assistance with FEMA. Donald Trump approved a federal disaster request for Individual Assistance for Cameron and Hidalgo County on Friday, July 6 following the flooding on June 19, 20 and 21.

Thursday, September 6 is the last day to apply for disaster assistance. The sooner you apply, the sooner you receive it, and according to Robin Smith, FEMA Media Specialist, “The fastest way to receive it is if you provide us your bank account number so that we can do direct deposit.”

Disaster assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status.

To file for disaster assistance you must have the following available:

· Address with zip code of damaged property

· Directions to your property

· Condition of your damaged home

· Insurance information, if available

· Social Security number

· Phone number where you can be contacted

· Address where you can receive mail

When registering, you will receive a FEMA registration number. Write down your number and save it. You will need the number whenever you contact FEMA for any follow up questions.

Once your registration is received, a FEMA representative will call you to schedule a visit. Please note you will be called from a non-local phone number. FEMA does not charge for any service and will present appropriate identification at your door step.

For more information on filing claims call the FEMA HOTLINE 1.800.621.3362 or register online at DisasterAssistance.gov.

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