Indiana Severe Winter Storms and Flooding (DR-1573)

Incident period: January 1, 2005 to February 11, 2005
Major Disaster Declaration declared on January 21, 2005

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

February 8, 2005
News Release
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Some residents who suffered damage from the severe winter storms and flooding that began January 1, who have applied to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for assistance, have gotten letters from FEMA saying they are currently not eligible for assistance. Those denials may simply be a matter of timing or mean that more insurance information is needed, disaster officials explained. The letters may say the request was denied because they are “INS – Insured” or the applicant’s home is not located in one of the designated disaster counties.
February 7, 2005
News Release
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Homeowners and renters who have applied for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after the severe winter storms and flooding that began January 1 will hear soon from damage inspectors. "When you apply for disaster assistance an inspector will come out and view your damaged property," said Ron Sherman, FEMA's federal coordinating officer said. "A FEMA contractor schedules inspections to verify losses within seven days after residents have filed their applications."
February 4, 2005
News Release
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- A total of $3,761,365 in grants has been approved for disaster assistance to over 1500 approved applicants in Indiana in two weeks since the Presidential declaration on January 21, according to figures released today by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Indiana State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA). Disaster officials added that the number of approved claims will continue to rise as more applications are processed. The following is an update of recovery activities as of close of business Thursday, February 3.
February 3, 2005
News Release
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Six temporary Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are being opened by federal, state and county officials early next week to serve the victims of the severe winter storms and flooding that began January 1. Residents now have 12 locations to go to talk face to face with recovery specialists.
February 2, 2005
News Release
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Homes that were affected by the severe winter storms and flooding that began January 1, could be harboring mold. “Mold is a significant problem after flooding and proper cleanup is critical to ensure it doesn’t affect you or your family’s health,” said Ron Sherman, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) federal coordinating officer for the disaster. “Care must be taken to clean and completely dry areas of the home that have gotten wet from floodwaters to prevent structural damage and adverse health effects from mold.”
February 1, 2005
News Release
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. --Victims in disaster-declared Indiana counties do not need to be concerned that their applications for assistance will reduce the amounts available for their neighbors. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and voluntary organizations are providing a wide range of programs and services for the severe winter storm and flooding victims.

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