COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Less than one week remains for severe storms and flooding victims who suffered damages between August 27 to September in one of 21 eastern Ohio counties to call and apply for state and federal disaster assistance by the November 18 deadline.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) recovery officials stated that individual assistance can continue beyond the deadline, but November 18 will be the last opportunity for disaster victims to call and apply. The 15 to 20-minute call is your application and FEMA personnel are standing by to determine eligible losses. Even if residents have received assistance from previous disasters this year or filed a flood insurance claim, they may still be eligible for assistance from this disaster declaration, which was issued by President Bush on September 19.
More than $30 million in grants and low-interest loans has already been approved for most of the 8,472 homeowners, renters, and business owners, who have already applied by calling the special toll-free number,
1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech or hearing impaired. Both numbers are available from 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week until further notice. Individuals with Internet access now have the option to register on the agency’s website at http://www.fema.gov, where valuable recovery information is also available.
Disaster Summary: This is a summary of recovery activities and statistics as of close of business Nov. 11:
- 8,472 individuals from the 21 designated counties have called to apply for assistance
- 5,115 applications have been approved for Disaster Housing Assistance grants, totaling $12,016,614– 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)
- 2,140 applications have been approved for Other Needs Assistance grants, totaling $8,446,895 – for medical, dental, funeral, personal property, transportation and other eligible expenses
- 361 SBA disaster low interest loans have been approved, totaling $10,097,900.
- 6,133 SBA home and business applications have been issued
- 3,566 people have visited the Disaster Recovery Centers operating in the affected areas
Disaster Recovery Centers to close at 6 p.m. on November 18th. Three Disaster Recovery Centers are still available until November 18. The hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and closed on Sunday.
Athens County: Rural Action Building, 19627 Walnut St. Trimble
Washington County: Washington County Courthouse, 205 Putnam Street, Marietta
Belmont County: Engineers Garage, 45741 Roscoe Road, St. Clairsville
The centers provide applicants an opportunity to talk face-to-face with recovery specialists and also receive information about cost-effective ways to reduce future disaster damages. Some of the things people can accomplish at the centers include:
- Inquiring about the status of the application they have already made by phone;
- Referrals for temporary rental assistance resources;
- Assistance completing U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest loan applications for homeowners, renters or business owners;
- Receive information on cost-effective measures to reduce the impact of future flooding or disaster losses;
- Receive state and federal disaster tax assistance;
- Referrals to local agencies that provide crisis counseling or
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