Kokomo, IN -- More than $29.4 million in disaster assistance grants and low-interest loans have been approved for Indiana residents in response to the July storms and flooding, federal and state disaster officials said today. The last day to call and apply to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for individual disaster assistance if you suffered damage from tornadoes, severe storms and flooding that occurred July 4 through August 6 is Tuesday, September 9.
More than 6,000 individuals and business owners have already called to apply at the toll-free application number, 1- 800-621-FEMA (3362) and the special TTY number, 1-800-462-7585, for those with speech or hearing impairment. These phones lines are available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Multi-lingual operators are available when needed.
A total of 43 Indiana counties are eligible to receive Individual Assistance for homeowners, renters and business owners as a result of the disaster declaration initially signed by President Bush on July 11. This is a summary of recovery activities as of close of business September 3:
- 6,135 individuals have applied for assistance
- $29,454,630 approved in grants and low-interest disaster loans
- $8,772,065 approved in Housing Assistance grants for temporary rental assistance and minimal home repairs
- $3,098,965 approved in Other Needs Assistance grants for necessary expenses and serious needs caused by the disaster
- $17,583,600 approved in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest loans, including 724 home loans ($15,237,200), 42 business loans ($2,170,000) and 22 economic injury loans ($176,400)
On March 1, 2003, FEMa4 b2ecame part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages Citizen Corps, the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.
Disaster Assistance by County
MEDIA NOTE: The following chart shows a county-by-county breakdown of applications received and grants approved for the Individuals and Households Program and SBA loans in the 43 Indiana disaster-declared counties. All figures are as of close of business, Wednesday, September 3. While the number of applicants for each county is listed, the number of grants and the amounts are not listed (---) if there are less than three approved claims for that county in order to preserve the privacy of individuals. Applicants may receive assistance from more than one type of program.
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