For First Time, Disaster Survivors Can Apply For Federal Disaster Aid On Smartphones

Back in May, we launched our mobile site, http://m.fema.gov to make it easier than ever for people to access information from FEMA quickly and easily.  This launch was only a first step and I’m glad to announce today a new feature to our mobile site that allows disaster survivors to apply for federal assistance directly on their web-enabled mobile devices after Presidentially declared disasters (such as BlackBerry®, Apple iPhone®, and Windows Mobile® devices).

Registering through the mobile site takes just three easy steps:
1. Go to http://m.fema.gov and click “Apply Online for FEMA Assistance”.  You will be directed to our partner site disasterassistance.gov.
2. Click on “Start Registration.”
3. Fill out the registration form to apply for assistance.

This new addition to our FEMA mobile site will provide disaster survivors with another avenue to quickly apply for assistance, not just from FEMA, but also from the Small Business Administration and our other federal partners.  As smartphones become cheaper and more prevalent, and wireless networks more resilient, these devices are becoming more than just simple communication tools – they can be life lines during emergencies. 

This new addition to m.fema.gov is just another way we are expanding the tools we use to communicate with the most important member of our emergency management team – the public.

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Craig Fugate is the Administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency

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