Disaster Survivor Assistance (FEMA)

November 10, 2021

FEMA Specialists from the DSA (Disaster Survivor Assistance) will be conducting a door-to-door campaign seeking out individuals in areas impacted by Hurricane Ida. The DSA staff wear a vest in the field and carry ID badges for identification purposes.

If possible, Danbury residents should follow the guide linked below to apply for disaster assistance. The FEMA specialists from DSA will assist you during their door-to-door campaign.

Information from Disaster Survivor Assistance:

The DSA mission is to build and sustain an expeditionary team to establish a timely presence in disaster impacted areas (door to door). DSA primarily focuses on addressing the needs of disproportionately impacted populations and disaster survivors by:

• Collecting information that supports leadership and operational decision-making;

• Providing accessible, in-person case-specific information and referrals;

• Providing survivors with referrals to whole community partners, as needed; and

• Identifying disability-inclusive public information needs to facilitate the development and dissemination of strategic messaging.

DSA personnel usually work in team of 2 (for safety and supporting purposes) to conduct outreach to survivors, Faith base organization/community base organizations and local businesses in disaster affected area (identified by local emergency management directors) to provide IA registration intakes, case update/inquiries, and referrals for unmet needs.

During these outreach activities, through communication with survivors and observation, DSA team members also gather intel (ground truths) on disaster related concerns/issues and report back (through Access Inform Report in DSA Daily Summary Report) to assist leadership with decision making process.

Outreach activities can include door-to-door outreach, attending community events (town hall meetings, community gatherings) and supporting Registration Intake Center (fixed or mobile) and/or DRC and other locations. Teams can also distribute/disseminate disaster related flyers (approved and provided by External Affairs).

How to Apply for Disaster Assistance (English/Spanish)

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