Illinois Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-1800)

Incident period: September 13, 2008 to October 5, 2008
Major Disaster Declaration declared on October 3, 2008

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

October 21, 2008
News Release
CHICAGO, Ill. -- Three Illinois Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will transition to U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs) next week. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), SBA and Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) opened the DRCs to serve residents and businesses affected by the severe storms and flooding in seven northeastern Illinois counties from Sept. 13-Oct. 5.
October 21, 2008
News Release
CHICAGO, Ill. -- It isn't necessary to visit a Disaster Recovery Center to register for disaster aid, according to federal and state disaster officials. Residents of the seven Illinois counties designated eligible for assistance may register with FEMA by calling the toll-free application number 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 or by going online at www.fema.gov or calling. The toll-free numbers operate 24 hours, seven days a week. 
October 20, 2008
News Release
CHICAGO, Ill. -- The state of Illinois and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have deployed a Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (MDRC) to serve residents and businesses affected by the severe storms and flooding from Sept. 13 to Oct. 5. An MDRC is an RV with office resources, computers and satellite uplink capabilities where aid officials can help and inform those affected by the disaster. The advantage of an MDRC is the speed with which it can be placed into service in areas it may be needed. The MDRC will be making three stops in the next two weeks.
October 17, 2008
News Release
CHICAGO, Ill. -- In the two weeks since a federal disaster was declared, federal grants totaling more than $8.6 million have been approved for Illinois. The funding helps individuals and families recover from the severe storms and flooding that hit the state's northeastern counties Sept. 13-Oct. 5. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) announced the grants. More than $8.1 million of the aid is for housing assistance, while more than $515,000 is for needs other than housing.
October 16, 2008
News Release
CHICAGO, Ill. -- The state of Illinois and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will have a Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (MDRC) moving from Maple Park in DeKalb County to Coal City in Grundy County to serve residents and businesses affected by the severe storms and flooding from Sept. 13 to Oct. 5.
October 16, 2008
News Release
CHICAGO, Ill. -- Federal assistance is available: That is the message many representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are delivering in person throughout disaster-ravaged communities in seven northeastern Illinois counties. "FEMA wants to assure that all affected individuals and families know that they may be eligible for assistance and should register," said Federal Coordinating Officer Libby Turner. "That is why we have shoes on the ground in every area where there may be people eligible for help."

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