FEMA: Income taxes, Social Security payments and Medicaid unaffected by disaster relief

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDTV) -- Medicare benefits, Social Security payments and income taxes will not be affected by disaster relief, FEMA said Thursday.

FEMA has been providing disaster relief to those affected by the July 28-29 storms that led to flooding, mudslides and landslides.
They say that assistance for essential home repairs, replacement for personal property or other needs does not count as taxable income, and relief payments from the government or donations from charitable organizations will not affect Medicare benefits or Social Security payments.

Last month, FEMA set up 3 Disaster Recovery Centers at Marion Marshall and Wetzel counties.

FEMA says eligibility for disaster relief is not dependent on income.
Those who need assistance can also register with FEMA by calling 800-621-3362. Those using 711 or Video Relay Services can call 800-621-3362 and TTY users can call 800-462-7585. You can also register at disasterassistance.gov.

Victims of the disaster can also locate a Disaster Recovery Center via the FEMA app. For updates on the FEMA assistance in the Mountain State, visit https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4331.