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January 7, 2008
News Release
MERRILLVILLE, Ind. -- Play games, enjoy stories, do puzzles, go through mazes, watch videos - welcome to FEMA for Kids, the Web site that is all fun and games…sort of. Underneath all the fun is a lot of good information that makes kids and their families better prepared in the event of a disaster. You can even become a Disaster Action Kid and get your very own certificate to hang on the wall!
January 4, 2008
News Release
MERRILLVILLE, Ind. -- More than $500,000 in federal loans has been approved for individuals and families in Lake County who were affected by the August storms and flooding, but officials with the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) believe many qualified residents have not yet registered or have not yet returned their SBA loan application.
January 3, 2008
News Release
MERRILLVILLE, Ind. -- More than $3 million in federal grants has been approved for individuals and families in Lake County who were affected by the August storms and flooding, but officials with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) believe many qualified residents have not yet registered.
December 30, 2007
News Release
MERRILLVILLE, Ind. -- Officials with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) remind residents affected by the August 15 - 27 storms and flooding that the deadline to register for disaster assistance is January 29. Disaster assistance may include grants to help pay for home repair, temporary housing, uninsurable items and other serious disaster-related needs such as unemployment. Persons that became unemployed as a result of the August storms and flooding have until January 4 to register for unemployment assistance.
December 21, 2007
News Release
MERRILLVILLE, Ind. -- More than $2 million in federal grants has been approved for individuals and families in Lake County affected by the August storms and flooding, said officials with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 
December 21, 2007
News Release
MERRILLVILLE, Ind. -- Federal and state disaster officials remind Lake County residents that FEMA representatives will be available at U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs) beginning Wednesday, Dec. 26. The FEMA representatives will assist anyone affected by the August 15-27 severe storms and flooding. They can also answer questions about an applicant’s existing registration for disaster assistance.
December 20, 2007
News Release
MERRILLVILLE, Ind. -- Federal and state disaster officials announced today that the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Lake County will transition to U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs) on Wednesday, Dec. 26. ? The centers located at 839 Broadway in Gary and 5825 S. Sohl Ave. in Hammond will close on Dec. 21 and reopen Dec. 26 as DLOCs. ?A center will also open that day at 7820 Broadway in Merrillville.
December 19, 2007
News Release
MERRILLVILLE, Ind. -- Watch out for scam artists. This is the warning from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued to residents who are in the process of repairing their homes from the August storms.
December 18, 2007
News Release
MERRILLVILLE, Ind. -- Flood victims in Lake County should apply for financial assistance even if other funds are being sought through insurance, loans or legal remedies, say officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS). "No matter the status of your case with your insurance company or any other entity, you should apply for financial assistance with FEMA right away," said Donald Keldsen, Federal Coordinating Officer with FEMA. "Once the deadline passes, that opportunity is gone."
December 18, 2007
News Release
MERRILLVILLE, Ind. -- Flood victims in Lake County who have been turned down initially for disaster assistance can appeal the decision by coming to one of the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs), officials say.

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