MADISON, Wis. -- In the one month since a presidential disaster declaration was signed June 18 for Wisconsin, a total of $4,475,686 million in grants and low-interest disaster loans has been approved to assist residents who suffered damages from the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred May 19 through July 3, reported disaster recovery officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM).
Residents and business owners living or working in one of the disaster declared counties 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. The last day to apply is August 18.
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 Thursday, July 15:
- 4, 142 individuals from the 44 disaster-declared counties for Individual Assistance have called to apply (See county specific application numbers and grant figures on page 2).
- 1,506 applications have been approved for Disaster Housing Assistance, totaling $2,641,090 - for repairing disaster-damaged, uninsured or underinsured homes to a safe, sanitary and functional condition and for temporary disaster rental assistance.
- 697 applications have been approved for Other Needs Assistance, totaling $395,196 - which may include grants for medical, funeral, personal property, transportation and other eligible expenses.
- 78 applications for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans have been approved, totaling $1,439,400 in home (74), business (2) and economic injury (2) loans.
- 755 people have visited one of the Disaster Recovery Centers that were located in the affected areas.
- 3,085 inspections to verify applicant losses have been completed, with most inspections being completed within two days of initial registration.
- Long term recovery committees, made up of local and state voluntary agencies, are being formed in the affected areas of the state to identify and provide assistance for long-term needs.
Disaster Assistance Grants By County
Counties marked with an * were declared for Individual Assistance on June 18;
the 37 other counties were designated on July 2.
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