Equal access to disaster aid

Mar 17, 2019
Equal access to disaster aid

The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act of 1988 protects individuals in a federally declared disaster area from discrimination. If you think you have not been given equal access to services and benefits, contact FEMA’s Equal Rights Officers at 1-800-621-3362 or TTY 1-800-462-7585. If a phone call does not resolve the problem, you may file a written complaint with FEMA’s Office of Equal Rights, generally within 180 days of the alleged discrimination. Include your name and contact information, the name and address of the agency that committed the alleged discrimination, pertinent details of the allegation, and the names of any persons whom FEMA may contact to validate the allegations. Individuals who file discrimination complaints are also protected from retaliation, and should contact FEMA’s Typhoon Yutu Equal Rights Officer, Jubén Delgado-Dávila, (202) 341-3984 or juben.delgado-davila@fema.dhs.gov if they believe they are the victims of retaliation.