OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact communities across the globe, a national agency is helping families who have been affected by the virus.

FEMA announced that funeral assistance is still available to families who have lost someone due to COVID-19.

Those who had COVID-19 related funeral expenses can apply for FEMA Funeral Assistance by calling 844-684-6333. Phone lines are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.

There is currently no deadline to apply for aid.

The criteria to qualify for assistance includes:

▪ The person died of COVID-19
▪ The death occurred in the U.S.
▪ The applicant paid for funeral, burial or cremation costs after Jan. 20, 2020
▪ The applicant is a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident or qualified refugee. The deceased does not need to meet these qualifications.

When you call for assistance, you will need the following information:

  • Social security number
  • Date of birth
  • Current mailing address and phone number
  • The deceased date of birth
  • Location of deceased death
  • Information about any funeral or burial insurance policies
  • Information about other funeral assistance received, such as donations or CARES Act grants.