Applying for Aid and What to Expect Next; Avoid Scams While Applying for Assistance

FREMONT – Many people in Fremont have applied for FEMA aid, but many others aren’t sure where to begin. If you need to apply for FEMA aid, start the process now.

If you were affected by the flooding that ripped through the Platte River valley beginning on March 14th, there are many different sources of help from local organizations all the way up to federal agencies. To get help at the local level, go to case management services at the The Fremont City Auditorium, weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm. Case managers can help you get connected with services that will help with clean up, removal of debris, housing, and anything else you might need.

For FEMA aid, register at to find out what types of Federal assistance are available for businesses and individuals. You can also call 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-745-0243) to register over the phone. Before logging on or calling, make sure you have the necessary information:

After you make your application for FEMA aid, you will be contacted by a FEMA inspector to arrange an inspection. An inspector will personally visit your affected property. Sometime after that, you will receive a decision letter by mail. Business owners may also receive an SBA loan application – complete this form if you receive it or if you are advised by a FEMA official to complete it.

If your property was affected by floods, you may receive a host of visitors over the next few weeks. Make sure you know exactly who you’re dealing with – protect yourself from scams. Never be afraid to ask for proper identification from anyone who purports to be from your insurance company, FEMA, the local police or other governmental agencies. Never give your personal information (like social security numbers or bank account information) to anyone who knocks on your door, or over any phone call that you did not initiate.

  • Okay to talk – you called your insurance, you called FEMA, or you called 211 for help
  • Be cautious – Verify the caller’s identity if they claim to be calling from FEMA.
  • Hang up – If someone called you, and they’re demanding fees to “process your application,” especially if the caller wants to be paid in gift cards or by wire transfer.

Government officials and police  will never ask you for money over the telephone!

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