Disaster Aid Nears One And A Half Million Dollars

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Release date: 
October 17, 2003
Release Number: 
1495-24

New Castle, DE -- State, federal, local and voluntary agencies are working together to provide assistance to families and individuals who suffered damage from tropical storm Henri and Hurricane Isabel.

Recovery services summary as of 7:00 a.m., Friday, October 17, 2003:

  • 592 residents have applied for assistance through the FEMA toll free registration number 800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY: 800-462-7585, and the Disaster Recovery Center.

  • 97.5 percent of damage inspections issued have been completed.

  • $871,014 has been disbursed to the victims from the Individuals and Households Program.

  • $554,200 In Small Business Administration (SBA) loans have been approved.

  • 102 SBA loan applications received.

  • The Disaster Unemployment Assistance program (DUA) is available to residents living or working in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex counties who are unable to work due to damage incurred by Hurricane Isabel. Applications are due no later than October 22, 2003.

  • The Disaster Unemployment Assistance program (DUA) is available to residents living or working in New Castle County who are unable to work due to damage incurred by tropical storm Henri. Applications are due no later than October 25, 2003.

  • 556 people have visited the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) including one that was initially opened in Sussex County. The New Castle County DRC remains open and is located near Wilmington. The DRC is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mon. through Sat. until further notice at the St. Marks United Methodist Church.

In addition, FEMA has received 106 applications for infrastructure assistance. This assistance is earmarked for repair and replacement of vital public services and facilities such as roads, bridges, utilities, and certain private nonprofit organizations that operate essential services of a government nature.

On March 1, 2003, FEMA became 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.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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