Alert from Disability Integration and Disability Advocates.
posted 8 months ago by CERV from Community Emergency Response Volunteers of the Monterey Peninsula
Recommendations for those applying for FEMA Disaster Assistance Application-Form 90-69 with "Special Needs"
Answer YES to Question #24 Special Needs: Did you, your co-applicant or any dependents have help doing things like walking, seeing, hearing or taking care of yourself before the disaster and have you lost that help or support because of the disaster? Yes No
If yes, select all that apply: Mobility, such as: Wheelchair Walker Cane Lift Bath Chair Personal Care Attendant, etc. (Select all that apply) Cognitive/Developmental Disabilities/Mental Health, such as: Personal care attendant, etc. Hearing or speech, such as: Hearing aid, sign language interpreter, TDD/TTY, Other Vision, such as: Glasses, white cane, service animal, Braille or other accessible communication device, magnifier
Answer YES if you have a disability, special needs, or other health or medical condition. This is the best way to begin to get disability, homecare, or other medical support assistance in the application process and for disability related repairs and replacement of medical equipment, assistive technology, supplies, and services you may be eligible to receive reimbursement.
Whether filling out this form for yourself, for your household or with help, follow these instructions:
- Tell the FEMA representative you are speaking with exactly what disability, special need, or medical related help or accommodations you need to complete the application, get your home inspected, or any other steps to get disaster assistance from FEMA. This includes but is not limited to a sign language interpreter, large print, help with reading or understanding the questions, braille, text messages instead of phone calls or other help.
- Before ending the call or before leaving the FEMA worker, make sure they checked ”YES” to question 24 and wrote exactly what you said in their file notes. If needed, ask the person you are speaking with to read the answer back to you and make any necessary corrections.
- Every time you speak with someone from FEMA about your case, remind the representative of all assistance you need throughout the disaster assistance process.
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