State and federal disaster officials helping people recover from the recent severe storms, floods and tornadoes in Butler, Cape Girardeau, Howell, Jasper, McDonald, Mississippi, New Madrid, Newton, Pulaski, Scott, St. Louis, Stoddard, Stone, Taney, and Ripley counties have some tips to speed disaster assistance. Register Now: The disaster recovery process begins by registering with FEMA. The process is free, You can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov . Those with smartphones may register through m.FEMA.gov ; click “Apply Online for FEMA Assistance,” and you will be directed to www.DisasterAssistance.gov. If you prefer to register by phone, the toll-free FEMA registration line is 800-621-FEMA (3362 Telephone registration is available 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.