Indianapolis, IN -- More than $1.5 million in disaster assistance grants and low-interest loans has been approved for disaster assistance to applicants throughout the 32 Indiana counties eligible for Individual Assistance. Federal, state, local and voluntary agencies are working in partnership to help Indiana residents following the tornadoes and severe storms. The following is an update of their activities to date.
According to figures released by the Indiana State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), at the close of business on October 10, the following numbers of people have applied for or received assistance:
- 1,511 Applications have been received
- 1,018 People have visited the Disaster Recovery Centers.
- 321 Disaster housing assistance grants approved, totaling $265,495
(These grants cover temporary rental assistance and emergency home repairs and may be just the first type of assistance applicants receive.)
- 19 SBA low-interest loans approved, totaling $910,100.
- 124 Individual and Family Grants have been issued, totaling $405,843
Application Numbers Continue to Operate
Individuals, families, and business owners who suffered losses in the
declared counties should apply for assistance by calling FEMA'S toll-free
number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) The number for the speech and hearing impaired
is TTY 1-800-462-7585. These numbers are available 8:00 a.m. to
6:00 p.m. (EST) daily, until further notice.
Disaster Legal Services Available
The need for legal advice can escalate following a disaster. FEMA has made available free legal help for victims of the disaster through an agreement with the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association. These disaster legal services are meant for low-income individuals who, prior to or because of the disaster, are unable to secure legal services adequate to meet their needs. Typical types of assistance offered by the group includes help with home repair contracts and contractors, advice on problems with landlords or tenants and drawing up new wills and other legal papers lost in the disaster. To contact one of these attorneys, call 866-336-8276. The first available attorney will return your call as soon as possible.
Crisis Counseling Available
People in the designated counties have seen their lives severely affected by the tornadoes and severe storms. The emotional needs often extend beyond the financial assistance FEMA provides to disaster victims to help them begin to rebuild their lives. Talking about disaster stress and obtaining assistance with available resources are major parts of the Crisis Counseling program. Crisis counselors are available at the Disaster Recovery Centers. Crisis counseling is also available by calling 800-344-8802. The phone line is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Available
The Disaster Unemployment Assistance Program, which is administered by the state, is available to help individuals affected by the disaster who are not covered by regular unemployment insurance. DUA applications will be taken for a 30-day period, ending October 28. Those interested can apply at your local WorkOne Center. WorkOne Centers can be found by calling 888-WORKONE or going to the Dept. of Workforce Development web site at www.workforce.IN.gov.
Disaster Recovery Centers Open
Joint Disaster Recovery Centers are open for disaster victims to meet face-to-face with representatives from various assistance agencies. These three centers are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Satur...