FEMA urges residents to stay in touch following registration deadline

FEMA urges residents to stay in touch following registration deadline

PINE BELT (WDAM) - Since disaster recovery centers have been closed, FEMA officials want people to know that victims need to keep in touch with them.

Homeowners, specifically with insurance settlements, must remember to settle with their insurance company first.

As long as you are in the system, you have one year with the insurance companies to settle.

Also, there is an appeals process in place to help with shortfalls that occur with insurance claims.

If you still need rental assistance, you can call FEMA and tell them your housing plan toward getting back to your permanent residence.

If FEMA has given you assistance, you still need to keep in touch with them

"Right now, we've awarded over 3 million dollars of aid for those that applied with FEMA for over 2,200 people that have assisted for the state," said Alberto Pillot, FEMA public information officer. "One thing that we specify is that FEMA does not endorse any contractor. And any contractor that you look for must be licensed, insured."

Pillot added, "We still have people that still haven't settled with insurance, we still have people that have documentation that has not been submitted such as homeowners that have homes that have been passed through generations. We need the proof of ownership."

After all assistance has been exhausted, the long-term recovery groups such as R3SM can still possibly meet those shortfall needs.

Also, FEMA does not endorse any building contractors.