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Many Residents May Mistakenly Believe They Have Registered with FEMA

FEMA Release date: June 13, 2013

Release Number: 4116-IL NR-049

AURORA, Ill. – After the spring storms and flooding that took place between April 16 and May 5, many affected residents have spoken to representatives from insurance companies and state and local agencies about disaster assistance and may be under the mistaken impression they have registered with FEMA.

The way to know for sure that you have registered with FEMA is if you have been assigned a nine-digit Registration Identification Number, which verifies your registration status.

Following are the several ways of registering for FEMA disaster assistance:

•Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585
•For those who use 711 Relay or Video Relay Services, call 800-621-3362
•Online at
•Via web-enabled phone at
The toll-free numbers operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Multilingual phone operators are available on the FEMA helpline. Choose Option 2 for Spanish and Option 3 for other languages.

The deadline to register for FEMA disaster assistance is Tuesday, July 9.

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PLEASE NOTE:  Information requested by the City of Park Ridge was only a preliminary step gathering information to determine if the City qualified as a disaster area. 

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