NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – On Tuesday, Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernandez announced the extension of the FEMA application deadline for the Critical Needs Assistance program until June 2, 2022. The CNA program provides a one-time $500 payment for eligible residents to cover immediate needs. That includes life-saving and essential supplies, including water, food, first aid, prescriptions, infant formula, diapers, consumable medical supplies, durable medical equipment, personal hygiene items, and fuel for transportation.

To receive a payment, people need to apply for individual assistance with FEMA’s general program at or by calling 800-462-7585.

Please have the following information available when you call:

  • A phone number and a reliable alternative in case FEMA needs to return your call
  • Address of the damaged property
  • Annual household income
  • Social Security number
  • Bank account information (or direct deposit information)
  • Insurance information (if you have insurance)
  • Brief description of damages
  • Current mailing address
  • Email address

To learn more about FEMA’s Individual Assistance programs please visit