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Three days left to apply for FEMA assistance for September storms and flooding

Information provided by Federal Emergency Management Agency

CHICAGO, Ill. (February 6, 2024) – Cook County homeowners and renters who were affected by the Sept. 17-18 severe storms and flooding have just three days left to apply for FEMA assistance. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 9 by 11:59 p.m. More than $45 million has already been approved to help survivors recover.

Friday, February 9 is also the last day to visit a Disaster Recovery Center. All centers will close permanently at 5 p.m.

Residents can apply in one of four ways:

  • Visit
  • Use the FEMA mobile app.
  • Call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. If you use video relay service, captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA your number for that service.
  • Visit a Disaster Recovery Center. The centers serve as one-stop shops for survivors who need one-on-one help. Survivors can visit any center for assistance. To find center locations and current hours, visit

FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. FEMA will remain in Illinois to assist survivors even after the application deadline has passed. For more information about Cook County’s recovery, visit

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