Davenport, IA -- Federal aid available to Iowans as a result of the April severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding, has passed $1 million.
Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) report that 1,218 families and individuals have registered for assistance since President Bush declared Iowa a federal disaster area. Housing assistance payments totaling $833,916 have been made to 745 applicants. The Individual and Family Grant program has disbursed $69,061 to 39 applicants. And the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved 22 loan applications totaling $264,400.
"We are really pleased that money has been able to get out quickly to Iowans who've suffered from the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding," said Michael Bolch, FEMA federal coordinating officer.
Bolch said, "Our housing inspections have been going quickly. In most cases, we have been completing inspections three or four days after the person registers."
State of Iowa Coordinating Officer, Steve Zimmerman, urged Iowans who haven't yet registered to call the federal/state toll-free registration number 1-800-462-9029. People with hearing or speech impairments may call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Registrations can be made between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (Closed Memorial Day, Monday, May 28).
"The sooner people apply, the quicker we can get them some help," Zimmerman said. "The goal of this disaster operation is to get people on the road to recovery as soon as possible."