APPLYING FOR FEMA DISASTER ASSISTANCE. Alert for people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, health or medical needs
posted 9 months ago by CERV from Community Emergency Response Volunteers of the Monterey Peninsula
Question #24 “Special Needs” on the FEMA Application - Form 90-69 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 to this question 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,( wheelchair, scooter, walker, CPAP machine ) and services you may be eligible to receive reimbursement.
NOTE: GETTING A “NO” ANSWER CHANGED TO “YES” LATER, IS NOT POSSIBLE. Whether filling out this form for yourself, for your household or with help, follow these instructions:
If you are talking to a FEMA representative either by phone or in person tell them h exactly what disability, special need, or medical related help or accommodations you need to complete the application you need. This includes completing the application getting your home inspected, or any other steps to get disaster assistance from FEMA.
These accommodations can include a and interpreter including a sign language interpreter, documents in large print, or Braille , help with reading or understanding the questions, text messages instead of phone calls or other help.
Before ending the call or before leaving the FEMA worker, make sure they check” YES” to question 24 and wrote exactly what you said in their file notes. Ask the worker to read the answer back to you and make any necessary corrections.
It is important that each time you talk with a FEMA worker about your case, remind the worker of all assistance you might need throughout the disaster assistance process (for example: help if you are hard of hearing, have a speech disability, need an interpreter including a sign language interpreter, need Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART), need written documents in large print or Braille, .}, Also remind the FEMA worker to scroll down in your record on their computer they should find these needs recoded from your past contacts with the FEMA application worker..
Question 24 - New FEMA video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyqC7m8p29w
Provided by: Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies National Council on Independent Living- Emergency Management Task Force
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