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 31, 2003:
644 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.
402 of 407 damage inspections issued have been completed.
$1,010,825 has been disbursed to the victims from the Individuals and Households Program.
132 SBA loan applications received.
$1,947,700 in Small Business Administration (SBA) loans has been approved.
- 750 people visited the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs), which have now been closed. Residents may still call the 1-800-621-FEMA number to register for assistance or with questions
In addition, FEMA has received 183 applications for public assistance. This assistance is earmarked for repair or replacement of public facilities such as buildings, roads, bridges, and utilities for state and local government and certain private nonprofit organizations that operate essential services of a government nature. The Public Assistance Program also provides reimbursement for certain debris removal and emergency protective measures.
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.