COLUMBUS, Ohio -- More than $27.5 million in grants and low-interest loans has been approved for thousands of eastern Ohio disaster victims, but just two weeks remain for those who suffered damages between August 27 through September 27, to call and apply before the November 18 deadline. (The deadline to apply for West Virginia residents is November 19.)
Almost 5,400 claims to date have been approved for financial assistance in just six weeks since President Bush issued the major disaster declaration, according to figures released today by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA). More than a 1,000 business owners have also applied out of the 8,367 application calls that FEMA has already received.
Disaster Summary: This is a summary of recovery activities and statistics as of close of business Nov. 3:
- 8,367 individuals from the 21 designated counties have called to apply for assistance
- 4,946 applications have been approved for Disaster Housing Assistance grants, totaling $11,615,538– 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)
- 2,012 applications have been approved for Other Needs Assistance grants, totaling $7,736,775 – for medical, dental, funeral, personal property, transportation and other eligible expenses
- $8,229,400 has been approved in SBA low-interest loans to homeowners, renters and businesses
- 263 SBA disaster loan applications have been approved
- 5229 SBA home and business applications have been issued
- 3,376 people have visited the Disaster Recovery Centers operating in the affected areas.
Trimble Disaster Recovery Center Open Nov. 12: To help meet the ongoing needs of Ohio’s severe storms and flooding victims, FEMA and Ohio EMA are opening a Disaster Recovery Center in the Rural Action Bldg., 19627 Walnut St., Trimble on Friday, Nov. 12. The center, which will remain open until the following Thursday, Nov. 18, will provide an opportunity for people to talk face-to-face with recovery specialists. The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and closed on Sunday.
Other 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., through Thursday, Nov. 18
Belmont County: Engineers Garage, 45741 Roscoe Road, St. Clairsville
Open Mon. – Sat., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., through Thursday, Nov. 18
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 application will not be carried forward. Even if victims, who initially received funds from voluntary agencies, the Ohio Jobs and Family Services, or a flood insurance claim, may be eligible for disaster assistance. Those residents of Athens, Carroll, Columbiana, Guernsey, Harrison, Mahoning, Noble, Perry, Stark and Tuscarawas counties with new damage need to call and reapply with FEMA for disaster assistance.
Individuals can begin the disaster application process by calling the toll-free registration number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone 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 infor...