Mesa, AZ -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated more than $522,000 to the citizens of Apache, Coconino, Gila and Navajo counties in the state of Arizona. This assistance was made possible through the June 25 disaster declaration made by President George Bush in response to the Rodeo-Chediski fire beginning on June 18.
This amount does not include costs yet to be totaled to help the state and local governments pay for repairs to roads, bridges, buildings, equipment and eligible costs for debris removal, fire fighting and other protective measures.
Almost 6,200 residents have registered for disaster assistance since President Bush declared the fire as a major disaster.
- Disaster housing checks have been issued to 422 households totaling
nearly $226,000 to assist with temporary housing and minor home repairs.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) inspectors have completed
- Help Centers have seen 1,316 victims seeking information including
answers to questions about their disaster assistance applications.
- Arizona officials are currently processing 1,064 requests for Individual
and Family Grant (IFG) assistance and have approved eight for $16,531.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved nearly
$280,000 in low-interest disaster loans for individuals and businesses,
of all sizes, to repair or replace damaged property.
- Disaster Unemployment Assistance is still available through the Arizona
Department of Economic Security for those who lost income because of
the disaster. The deadline for filing an application is July 27.
- The FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY: 1-800-462-7585
for the hearing or speech impaired has received 939 calls seeking information
and answers to questions about their applications.
- Individuals may still register for disaster assistance by calling FEMA's toll-free registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) (TTY: 1-800-462-7585). While most assistance offered under government programs covers basic needs only and will not compensate individuals for their entire loss, disaster recovery programs can give a helping hand to those in need on the road to recovery.