COLUMBUS, Ohio -- In just one month since President Bush issued a major disaster declaration, more than $20 million in grants and low-interest disaster loans have been approved to assist flood-stricken residents in eastern Ohio, according to figures released today by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA).
Only one month remains for disaster victims to call and apply for assistance. November 18 is the deadline for Individual Assistance applications.
Here are the latest disaster statistics, as of close of business October 18:
- 7,534 individuals from the 20 designated counties have called to apply for assistance
- $10,446,118 in Disaster Housing Assistance grants have been approved for 4,492 applications – for repairing disaster-damaged, uninsured homes to a safe, sanitary and functional condition and for temporary disaster rental assistance (see county-by-county breakdown attached)
- $6,490,848 in Other Needs Assistance grants have been approved for 1,696 applications – for medical, dental, funeral, personal property, transportation and other eligible expenses
- $3,331,600 in SBA low-interest disaster loans have been approved for 88 applicants
- 3,811 home and 949 business disaster loan applications have been issued, but only 782 have been returned – SBA officials are urging everyone who has received such an application to take time to fill it out and return it promptly. Otherwise, you may delay other types of disaster assistance.
- 2,634 people have visited the Disaster Recovery Centers operating in the affected areas.
Call to apply. FEMA also wants to remind disaster victims that even if they have applied for disaster assistance with the Red Cross or Salvation Army, their names may not have been referred to FEMA for coverage under its disaster programs. Individuals can begin the disaster application process by calling the toll-free applications number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. Both numbers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week until further notice. Individuals with Internet access now have the option to register on the agency’s website at , where valuable recovery information is also available.
Housing referral desks set up. FEMA and the Ohio EMA have set up Housing Referral Desks in the Marietta and St. Clairsville Disaster Recovery Centers to help locate housing for families displaced by the recent flooding. Although FEMA has provided financial assistance to many homeowners and renters, this new housing referral assistance will provide them additional options to help solve their housing needs.
Disaster Recovery Center locations and hours:
- Washington County: Washington County Courthouse, 205 Putnam Street, Marietta
Open Mon. – Sat., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., until further notice
- Belmont County: Engineers Garage, 45741 Roscoe Road, St. Clairsville
Open Mon. – Sat., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., until further notice
- Jefferson County: Saline Township Complex Building, County Road 50A, Hammondsville
Open Mon. – Thurs., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thurs. evening 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday, October 21st will be the last day that this center will be open.
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