Illinois Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-1771)
Incident period: June 1, 2008 to July 22, 2008
Major Disaster Declaration declared on June 24, 2008
Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
August 21, 2008
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Time is running out for Illinois residents who sustained damage from the severe storms and flooding from June 1 through July 22. The deadline to register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency is Monday, August 25. Residents in 18 counties designated for federal aid should call the Federal Emergency Management Agency at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Applicants who are speech- or hearing-impaired and have TTY equipment should call 1-800-462-7585. You may also register online at www.fema.gov.
August 20, 2008
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency has set-up a housing assistance helpline to assist Illinois applicants who are having difficulty finding a place to live following the June 1 to July 22 severe storms and flooding.
August 18, 2008
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois residents and business owners have less than one week to apply for federal disaster assistance. Monday, August 25 is the last day to register for federal disaster assistance. Eighteen counties are designated for individual assistance allowing those residents to apply for federal aid. They are Adams, Calhoun, Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Hancock, Henderson, Jasper, Jersey, Lake, Lawrence, Mercer, Rock Island, Whiteside and Winnebago.
August 15, 2008
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- More than $13.6 million in federal disaster assistance grants and loans has been approved so far by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for Illinois residents who suffered damages and losses during the severe storms and flooding June 1 through July 22. To date, 3,095 homeowners and renters from the 18 designated counties have applied for disaster assistance.
August 14, 2008
Springfield, Ill. -- Illinois senior citizens can feel comfortable knowing that applying for, or receiving federal disaster assistance will not cause them to lose Social Security benefits, pay additional taxes, or give up any benefit programs they may have. "A federal grant does not add to a senior's taxable income, as long as the grant is given as assistance to recover from a disaster," said FEMA Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer Mark Landry. "This means that senior citizens will not have to sacrifice any part of their Social Security benefits."
August 13, 2008
Springfield, Ill. -- Mitigation Advisors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be at selected Home Depot and Lowe's locations in Illinois August 18 through August 29 to educate the public on flood-proofing homes. Those interested in emergency preparedness, protecting their homes and learning how to strengthen them and rebuild stronger after the severe storms and flooding June 1 to July 22 will have a chance to learn details from the experts in mitigation and the National Flood Insurance Program.