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We, like you, are continuing to learn more about the announcement that FEMA is making available financial assistance for funeral costs related to COVID-19 deaths that occurred after January 20, 2020.  FEMA does not contact you prior to your registering. 

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Applications begin on
 April 12, 2021
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Monday - Friday
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Here are some links that you might find useful:

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance link: COVID-19 Funeral Assistance | FEMA.gov

Funeral Assistance FAQ link:  Funeral Assistance FAQ | FEMA.gov

FEMA Funeral Costs for COVID-19 Related Deaths Press Release: FEMA to Help Pay Funeral Costs for COVID-19-Related Deaths | FEMA.gov

FEMA Policy FD 104-21-0001 link: FEMA to Help Pay Funeral Costs for COVID-19-Related Deaths | FEMA.gov

We are here to help you.  While we, too, are learning more what we currently understand:

  • FEMA provides disaster relief for many Federally declared disasters.
  • Congressional action in December 2020 specifically indicated the Covid 19 disaster is included in these categories.
  • Persons who sustained an economic impact due to the Covid 19 Health Disaster are eligible for economic relief from FEMA, as they are for funeral relief for other disasters.
  • The death must have occurred after January 20, 2020 and the disaster is ongoing.
  • The person who died need not have been a US citizen.
  • The maximum assistance benefit is $9,000 for funeral related expenses.
  • The cause of death must have been Covid 19 or Covid related.
  • FEMA may not reimburse for non-funeral related expenses nor for expenses reimbursed for by other government programs, pre-paid funeral funds or insurance, or monies received by other public or charitable entities.For example, GoFundMe, the Union Funeral Fund, or United Way.
  • FEMA can only pay once per disaster incident.If there expenses to come, wait until they are incurred to Register.Think burial at a later date, marker, Celebration of Life at a later date.
  • As with other disasters, the person who incurred expenses must register with FEMA.This is the Applicant.
    • The Applicant must be a US citizen.
    • There can be one applicant per death.
    • This person must have incurred the loss, in other words paid the bills.
    • The applicant will be the only person to receive assistance.

    The applicant must register on a yet unavailable 800 phone number, this will be the only way to register and start the process.  FEMA anticipates the 800 number being available in early April.

    • The registrant will provide information on the phone call including name, soc sec number, phone, email etc.They will also provide information regarding the deceased like name, social security number, date of death.
    • There can be a co applicant.
      • CoApplicants need not be a US Citizen.
      • CoApplicants will have access to the Disaster Assistance Account to download documents.
      • CoApplicants will not receive payments.Payments only go to one person, the applicant.
    • The 800 number operators will be able to answer questions and provide assistance.
  • Following registration, the Applicant can and should create an online FEMA Disaster Assistance Account.There is an existing FEMA process for this.
    • Through this account you can track progress and download documentation.
    • Documentation required will include a photocopy of a death certificate showing Covid 19 as a cause of factor in the death.
    • Proof of economic loss, like a funeral home or cemetery contract or receipts.

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