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July 21, 2010

Disaster Survivors Can Now Apply for Federal Aid via Smartphones

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced a new feature to the m.fema.gov mobile platform.

This new feature is expected to make it easier for disaster survivors to apply for federal aid from FEMA, and other federal agencies, after Presidential declared disasters, according to FEMA officials.

In addition to being able to access critical information about emergency preparedness and what to do before and after a disaster on their smartphones, disaster survivors can now also apply for federal assistance. FEMA officials said that they can do so directly via their Web enabled mobile phone devices -- BlackBerry, Apple (News - Alert) iPhone, and Windows Mobile device.

FEMA’s mission is to support citizens and first responders to build, sustain, and improve the capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The visit to m.fema.gov will enable individuals to access the partner site disasterassistance.gov to apply for federal assistance, according to FEMA officials.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Erin Monda

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