Indianapolis, IN -- Disaster assistance for tornado victims in Indiana is as close as the nearest phone, state and federal officials remind those seeking help in recovering from the Sept. 20 storms. But the time remaining to make that call is drawing to a close. The last day to apply for state/federal disaster assistance is November 25.
"We encourage tornado victims who still need assistance to let us know. A telephone call is all it takes," said State Coordinating Officer Patrick R. Ralston with Indiana State Emergency Management (SEMA).
Those who suffered damages or loss from the tornadoes and severe storms
of September 20 can apply for assistance by calling the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) toll-free application number,
1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with a speech or hearing impairment can call TTY 1-800-462-7585. Both lines are open 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (EST) seven days a week.
More than $5.6 million in low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and disaster housing grants from FEMA (to help make a damaged home livable or to rent alternate accommodations) have been approved for Indiana residents who have applied for disaster assistance. Also $538 thousand has been obligated for other unmet disaster related needs by the Individual Family Grant Program (IFG), jointly funded by FEMA and the state. These latest figures were released today by SBA, FEMA and SEMA.
Local, state and federal recovery officials and voluntary organizations have combined efforts to assist victims of the severe weather in putting their lives back together. This is a summary of recovery activities as of close of business October 24:
- 1778 Applications have been received
- 389 Disaster housing grants approved, totaling more
than $313,000 which includes 305 temporary rental assistance grants,
totaling $184,603 and 78 grants issued for
emergency essential repairs, totaling $122,825.
- 144 SBA low-interest loans approved, including 123
home/personal property and 21 business/economic injury disaster loans,
totaling $5.3 million
- 178 Individual and Family Grants have been approved,
- 1,553 Visits have been made by disaster victims at the Disaster Recovery Centers.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance: The deadline is nearing for people to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Those interested in applying must do so at their local WorkOne Center by Monday, October 28. The program, which is administered by the state and funded by FEMA, is available to help individuals affected by the disaster who are not covered by regular unemployment insurance. Those interested should first call the FEMA toll-free application line at 1-800-621-FEMA (TTY 1-800-462-7585), then apply at a local WorkOne Center. WorkOne Centers can be found by calling 1-888-WORKONE or by going to the Dept. of Workforce Development web site at www.workforce.IN.gov.
Crisis Counseling: People who have gone through a disaster such as a tornado may experience trouble sleeping, anxiety, irritability, depression and lack of concentration. Talking about disaster experiences and sharing feelings about them will help people feel better about what has happened. Those interested in crisis counseling services should call 1-800-344-8802. The phone line is answered 24 hours a day, seven days ...