King County Library System and FEMA Partnership Makes Registering for Funeral Assistance Easier

Thursday, October 14, 2021

A partnership between the King County Library System (KCLS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) improves community access to the technology and resources needed to register for FEMA Funeral Assistance

This collaboration between KCLS and FEMA connects people with free community resources and expertise at libraries throughout King County (outside the city of Seattle).

If you incurred COVID-19-related funeral, burial or cremation expenses on or after January 20, 2020, FEMA may be able to help you with some of those costs. Applying for FEMA Funeral Assistance begins with a phone call to (844) 684-6333. 

Applicants must provide documentation before FEMA can fully process their application. Individuals who need help submitting their paperwork can use KCLS library scanners, computers, fax machines and internet access to upload files; Library staff are available to assist with the process. Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available by request.

“As trusted sources of information and assistance, public libraries are well-versed in connecting community members to important resources,” stated KCLS Executive Director Lisa Rosenblum. “KCLS extends our services and support to King County residents, and we hope this partnership helps our communities in their times of need.”

To apply for FEMA Funeral Assistance, call 844-684-6333. The helpline is open Monday through Friday, from 6:00am to 6:00pm PST. Multilingual services are available. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service. You must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien to apply.

However, there is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien. To learn more about funeral assistance eligibility, view this video in English or Spanish.

To make an appointment with KCLS, call (800) 462-9600. To schedule an appointment with a KCLS Digital Navigator, visit the Computer and Internet Help page at

For more information about FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program, visit COVID-19 Funeral Assistance |


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