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Responding to Harvey: Know your FEMA Rights
- Organization: Reed Smith LLC & Texas Young Lawyers Association
- Document Type: Article/News
- Date Created: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
- Submitted: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
- Attachment(s): PDF
What is FEMA?
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) coordinates the federal government’s role in preparing for, preventing, reducing the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.
How can FEMA help me?
For those impacted by Hurricane Harvey:
- FEMA can help with temporary housing;
- FEMA can help you with at least one month’s rent at a new place.
- FEMA can help with home repairs;
- FEMA can provide money to replace personal belongings that were damaged or destroyed during the disaster, such as vehicles, furniture, appliances, and other important personal property;
- FEMA can help you with medical expenses, dental expenses, funeral expenses, transportation expenses, and other serious needs caused by the disaster. FEMA will not cover these expenses unless you can show that they were caused by the disaster. You may need to get your doctor to give you a note that says your medical or dental expenses were caused by the disaster. You may also need to provide receipts for any other expense caused by a disaster;FEMA can also help you with needs that are not covered by your insurance or provide money while you are waiting for insurance money. You may need to give FEMA a copy of your insurance policy. FEMA will not cover your insurance deductible. You will need to pay FEMA back after you receive your insurance money for the losses covered by your insurance.
Download the PDF above to learn more!