In response to widespread complaints that FEMA's online aid application site requires Internet Explorer for Windows, the agency says it is working to change the situation. FEMA's Apply for Assistance page says, "Currently to complete your application online you must be using Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6.0 or above. We are in the process of modifying the application so that it will be available to additional browsers."
That message appeared on Friday and as of today, nothing has changed.
If you can't get to an IE-equipped PC, victims will have to call a toll-free number - 1-800-621-FEMA. And "Currently the lines are quite congested and the best time to call is 2a.m. to 6a.m. EDT."
Simple technology choices could make applying for aid much simpler. FEMA should make the change as quickly as possible. Who thinks that notice page will have changed by this time next week?