Illinois Severe Storms, Straight-Line Winds and Flooding (DR-4116)

Incident period: April 16, 2013 to May 5, 2013
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 10, 2013
FEMA Mitigation Specialist speaks with residents at local home improvement store
FEMA Mitigation Specialist speaks with residents at local home improvement store

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

May 24, 2013
News Release
CHICAGO – In the nearly two weeks since 11 counties in Illinois were declared a major disaster area, federal assistance has reached $51 million, distributed among more than 17,000 individuals and households. The latest summary of federal assistance to individuals and households that suffered losses due to the severe storms and flooding between April 16 and May 5 includes:
May 23, 2013
News Release
CHICAGO – Two federal/state Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will permanently close this week. The DRC in Fulton County will close at 7 p.m. Friday, May 24. The DRC in Grundy County will close at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 25. It is not necessary to visit a DRC to register with FEMA. Although the centers will close, Illinois storm survivors can continue to register by phone or online through July 9. The centers in the following locations are closing:     Fulton County Fulton County Health Dept.  700 E. Oak St. 
May 23, 2013
News Release
More Illinois Counties Added to Disaster Declaration  CHICAGO – Illinois residents in 14 additional counties who were affected by the severe storms and flooding in April are now eligible to register for federal disaster assistance, state and federal officials announced today.
May 22, 2013
News Release
CHICAGO – If your home was damaged by the spring floods and you are beginning to make repairs, you can get advice on how to rebuild stronger, safer and smarter. Federal Emergency Management Agency hazard mitigation specialists will be at two home improvement stores this week: Ellis Ace Hardware 255 S. Main St.           Seneca, IL 61360 Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Lembke & Sons True Value Hardware 6734 Pershing Road   
May 22, 2013
News Release
CHICAGO – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, in Des Plaines for residents of Cook County to meet face-to-face with disaster recovery specialists, officials said today. The DRC, operated jointly by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will operate from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.  The location is: Cook County Des Plaines 1486 Miner St (next door to the Des Plaines Theatre) Des Plaines, IL 60616
May 21, 2013
News Release
CHICAGO – If you’ve registered for federal disaster assistance and received a letter saying you’re ineligible, make sure to double check that you provided all the necessary information when you initially applied. Federal Emergency Management Agency eligibility determinations are based on information an individual supplies in an online application or during a phone call with a FEMA representative. 

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