Illinois Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-1729)

Incident period: August 20, 2007 to August 31, 2007
Major Disaster Declaration declared on September 25, 2007

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

November 2, 2007
News Release
ROCKFORD, Ill. -- When the next flood or other disaster strikes, getting your company back to business quickly may depend on emergency planning done today. "Planning for disasters, natural or manmade, will help protect your business investment and give your company a better chance for survival," said Tony Russell, Federal Coordinating Officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
November 1, 2007
News Release
ROCKFORD, Ill. -- Watch out for scam artists. That is the warning issued by officials with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Unfortunately in disaster situations, scam artists are often ready to take advantage of the misfortunes of others," said IEMA Director Andrew Velasquez, III. "People should be especially alert for solicitors who promise to speed up the insurance or buildings permit process and those who ask for large cash deposits or advance payments in full."
October 31, 2007
News Release
ROCKFORD, Ill. ? As cleanup and recovery continues following the severe storms and flooding that struck Illinois Aug. 20-31, state and federal officials urge disaster victims to take measures to prevent the damage from happening again.
October 30, 2007
News Release
ROCKFORD, Ill. -- More than $3.8 million in disaster assistance has been approved in the five weeks since President Bush issued a major disaster declaration for six Illinois counties according to officials with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Illinois businesses, families and individuals who suffered damages from the Aug. 20-31 severe storms and flooding are eligible to apply for disaster assistance funding and low interest loans.
October 29, 2007
News Release
ROCKFORD, Ill. -- Some Illinois residents who suffered losses in the severe storms and flooding from Aug. 20-31 may receive a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) stating their application for disaster assistance has been denied. "A denial letter does not necessarily mean that an applicant is not eligible for assistance," said Federal Coordinating Officer Tony Russell. "It may mean that FEMA does not have all the information needed to make a decision regarding the applicant's disaster aid."
October 26, 2007
News Release
ROCKFORD, Ill. -- Briefings for local officials in Cook, Knox and Warren Counties have been scheduled for Oct. 29- 31 to explain the process of applying for federal disaster assistance, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA).

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