MADISON, Wis. -- In less than two weeks since President Bush signed a major disaster declaration for Wisconsin, a total of $1,135,944 million in grants and low-interest disaster loans has been approved to assist residents who suffered damages from the severe storms and flooding that began May 19, reported disaster recovery officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM).
Federal, state, local and voluntary agencies are working in partnership to help Wisconsin residents in the disaster recovery process. The following is an update of their activities as of close of business Monday, June 28:
- 992 individuals in the disaster declared counties have called to apply for assistance. Number of applicants by county: Columbia (94), Dodge (229), Fond du Lac (237), Jefferson (30), Kenosha (74), Ozaukee (34), and Winnebago (294)
- 481 applications have been approved for Disaster Housing Assistance, totaling $910,152 - for repairing disaster-damaged, uninsured homes to a safe, sanitary and functional condition and for temporary disaster rental assistance
- 128 applications have been approved for Other Needs Assistance, totaling $77,692 - may include grants for medical, dental, funeral, personal property, transportation and other eligible expenses
- A total of $148,100 in U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans have been approved
- 166 people have visited one of the five Disaster Recovery Centers in the affected areas
Call to Apply
Residents and business owners in the designated counties of Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Jefferson, Kenosha, Ozaukee and Winnebago who sustained damage or loss can begin the disaster application process by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the hearing and speech impaired. Phone lines will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, until further notice.
Disaster Recovery Centers
Two-day Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Port Washington
- In Port Washington, a temporary Disaster Recovery Center will be open Monday and Tuesday, July 5 and 6, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., in the Auditorium at the Ozaukee County Administration Bldg, 121 West Main St.
Disaster Recovery Centers will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except as noted below, at the following locations:
- Fond du Lac, University of Wisconsin in the Large Group Instruction Room at 400 University Drive
- Oshkosh, South Park Middle School, 1551 Delaware Street
- Randolph, Hutchinson Memorial Library, Community Room Lower Level, 228 North High Street
Closing Friday, July 2, at 7 p.m.:
- Jefferson, City of Jefferson Police Dept. Community Room, 425 Collins Road; (On Thursday, this center's hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m)
- Kenosha, Kenosha County Center, 19600 75th Street (at Highways 50 & 45)
Additional Disaster Recovery Centers may be added as needed.
A total of 166 people have visited one of the five Disaster Recovery Centers to meet face-to-face with disaster recovery officials, get disaster assistance information and receive help in completing th...