COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Disaster victims in 21 counties in Eastern Ohio have about three weeks left to call and apply for federal and state programs by the November 18 deadline. Although assistance may continue beyond that date, disaster officials stated that residents must call and apply to have their applications considered.
In just five weeks since President Bush issued a disaster declaration, more than $24 million in grants and low-interest disaster loans have been approved to assist flood-stricken residents in southeastern Ohio, according to figures released today by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA).
Disaster Recovery Summary
Local, state and federal recovery officials and voluntary organizations have combined efforts to assist victims of the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding, which occurred between August 27 and September 27, to begin the recovery process. This is a summary of recovery activities as of close of business October 25:
- 7,909 individuals from the 21 designated counties have called to apply for assistance
- 4,709 applications have been approved for Disaster Housing Assistance grants, totaling $10,976,683– 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)
- 1,806 applications have been approved for Other Needs Assistance grants, totaling $7,118,539 – for medical, dental, funeral, personal property, transportation and other eligible expenses
- $5,958,200 in SBA low-interest disaster loans have been approved for 180 applicants
- 4,030 home and 990 business disaster loan applications have been issued, but only 996
(about 20%) 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.
- 2,980 people have visited the Disaster Recovery Centers operating in the affected areas.
- 98% of all FEMA home inspections completed – 6,486 issued and 6,376 completed
Housing Referral Desks. 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 more than 2000 homeowners and renters, almost 300 applicants have taken advantage of this new housing referral assistance to provide additional options to help solve their housing needs. Applicants may also call the toll-free FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired to report any change in their housing needs or receive additional housing resource information for their area.
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
Call to apply. FEMA also wants to remind disaster victims that if they applied for disaster assistance from flooding earlier this summer (May 18 thru June 21) and have new damages from the flooding August 27 thru September 27, their previous applicati...