How to Apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance

People evacuate ahead of the Caldor Fire on August 30, 2021 in South Lake Tahoe, California. Photo Courtesy: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Recently, Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc in the Gulf Coast and the Northeast region of the United States, leaving millions without electricity or water — no matter how prepared they were beforehand. Those who evacuated may not be able to return to flooded or otherwise damaged homes. With businesses shuttered in the wake of the storm, many folks may be temporarily — or even more permanently — unemployed.

While mutual aid efforts allow communities and individual to lend each other support and solidarity, there's also a government agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), that offers financial assistance and on-the-ground support to survivors. Additionally, the organization can help Americans navigate insurance and make other post-natural disaster decisions. With this in mind, we're taking a deeper look at what FEMA offers, and how you can apply for disaster assistance