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October 14, 2008
News Release
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- People who are not U.S. citizens--but who are in the United States legally--may be eligible for disaster assistance for damage from the Sept. 12- Oct. 6 severe storms and flooding, according to officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
October 13, 2008
News Release
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Officials of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that $1,394,900 in loan monies have been approved for home and business owners in Indiana who incurred damage and loss in the severe storms and flooding that occurred between Sept. 12 and Oct. 6.? To date, 10,602 SBA loan application packets have been sent out - 9,269 to homeowners and 1,332 to business owners.? These SBA packets were sent out in response to those people having applied to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance.
October 11, 2008
News Release
Federal and state disaster recovery officials said today that the United Way Regional Volunteer Center of Northwest Indiana is in dire need of volunteers to help flood victims in Lake, LaPorte, and Porter Counties. United Way officials encourage people to volunteer on their own or to organize a team - of friends, neighbors, coworkers, church members, or others. The area of greatest need is in Gary and Munster, Indiana.?
October 10, 2008
News Release
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Since the president's disaster declaration of Sept. 23 designating the county a federal disaster area, 12,009 Lake County residents have applied to FEMA for assistance.? To date, nearly $7 million in grants has been approved to aid more than 2050 eligible applicants whose claims have already been approved.? These grants cover temporary housing costs, home repair expenses and funds for other eligible serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.?
October 10, 2008
News Release
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Nearly $8 million in federal disaster assistance grants and loans has been ?approved so far by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small ????Business Administration (SBA) for Indiana residents who were affected by the Sept. 12 through Oct. 6 storms and flooding. To date, 15,217 homeowners and renters from the 16 designated counties have applied for disaster assistance.
October 9, 2008
News Release
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Federal and state officials have announced the opening of a new disaster recovery center in LaPorte, IN this coming Monday, Oct. 13. Located at the LaPorte Parks and Recreation Dept. at 250 Pine Lake Ave., the center will be open on Monday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thereafter, hours of operation will be Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with the center closed on Sunday.
October 7, 2008
News Release
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are warning Indiana residents affected by the recent severe storms and flooding to be on the lookout for people trying to cheat them.
October 6, 2008
News Release
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Disaster recovery specialists caution that mold and mildew can begin to grow within 24 hours after a flood and can be found throughout the house, including the attic, basement and crawl spaces. Health officials encourage those who realize they have mold to act quickly to eliminate the problem. Taking steps to clean up mold properly ensures a healthy home, especially for those who may suffer from allergies and asthma.
October 6, 2008
News Release
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will open a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Charlestown, IN for residents who suffered damage from the severe storms and flooding that began on Sept. 12.  The new Clark County center will be open at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct.  8 and be in operation through the close of business on Tuesday, Oct. 14. The center location and schedule are:
October 6, 2008
News Release
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- In the first few weeks following a disaster, residents may be misled by half-truths and rumors circulating about how to get help and the various assistance programs available.  The last thing those affected by disaster need is misinformation.

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