Indianapolis, IN -Totals of $5,147,057 in grants and $133,000 in low-interest disaster loans have been approved for Indiana residents who have called to apply for disaster assistance since President Bush declared a disaster on September 5, according to figures released today by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Indiana State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).
Disaster recovery officials urge anyone who suffered damages or loss from the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred between August 26 and September 15 to apply for assistance by calling the FEMA toll-free registration number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with speech or hearing impairment can call TTY 1-800-462-7585. Both lines are open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, until further notice
"Your application will not take assistance away from others who are eligible, whether they live in the next county or in North Carolina," Patrick Ralston, SEMA state coordinating officer, said. "These are tax dollars that have been set aside to help people get back on their feet after a disaster. If you suffered damage, make that call to apply."
The following is a summary of disaster recovery efforts as of close of business September 21.
Disaster assistance grants and loans that have been approved for Indiana residents:
- $ 750,067 in Temporary Rental Assistance Grants
- $3,547,110 in Essential Home Repair Grants
- $ 849,880 in Other Needs Assistance Grants
- $ 133,000 in U. S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans
- 3,005 individuals have called to apply for assistance
- 382 people have visited the Disaster Recovery Centers
- 2,545 damage inspections have been completed
Individuals and families whose permanent homes were damaged or destroyed by the late summer storms and flooding may be eligible for assistance from the Individuals and Households Program. This assistance may be used for temporary disaster housing assistance; repairing disaster-damaged, uninsured homes to a safe, sanitary and functional condition and replacement grants for serious, disaster-related needs and expenses not covered by insurance or other assistance programs.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance, 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 (3362), then apply at your local WorkOne Center. WorkOne Centers can be found by calling 1-888-WORKONE or log on to the Department of Workforce Development web site at www.workforce.IN.gov/dwd/.
Crisis Counseling: People who have gone through a disaster such as a tornado and flooding 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 1-800-564-6460. The phone line is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Another form of disaster assistance available to victims of the tornadoes, severe storms and flooding is Disaster Legal Assistance provided by the State Bar Association. These disaster legal services are meant for low-income individua...