COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A total of $2,321,846 in grants for disaster related- repairs and costs has been approved for disaster assistance in Ohio since the Presidential declaration of February 15, according to figures released today by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.
Disaster recovery officials urge anyone who suffered damages or loss from the winter storms and flooding that occurred between December 22, 2004 and February 1, 2005 to apply for assistance by calling the FEMA toll-free registration number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with speech or hearing impairment can call TTY 1-800-462-7585. Both lines are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. You may also register through the Internet at www.fema.gov. The deadline to apply for assistance is April 18.
The following is an update of recovery activities as of today:
- 2,603 individuals from the declared counties had called to apply for assistance
- 321 people had visited Disaster Recovery and Outreach Centers
- 947 temporary housing assistance grants were approved, totaling $1,664,238
- 483 Other Needs Assistance grants were approved, totaling $606,001 - may include grants for medical, dental, funeral, personal property, transportation and other eligible expenses
- 1,723 U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loan applications were issued: 1,525 to homeowners, 198 to business owners
Individuals and Households Program
Individuals and families whose permanent homes were damaged or destroyed in the disaster and are in a declared county may be eligible for the Individuals and Households Program. This assistance may be used for temporary disaster housing assistance; repairing disaster-damaged, uninsured homes to a habitable condition and replacement grants for serious, disaster-related needs and expenses not covered by insurance or other assistance programs. These individuals will receive flood insurance for three years.
U.S. Small Business Administration
The SBA has issued 1,723 low-interest loan applications to homeowners, renters and business owners throughout Ohio. Officials urge affected residents to complete and return their loan paperwork as soon as possible, even if they have not received a final settlement from their insurance company. If the loan application is not returned, eligibility for other forms of disaster assistance may be affected. SBA representatives will be available at the Disaster Outreach Centers listed below to assist with completion of disaster loan applications.
In Hockingport - Now Open;
United Methodist Church Community Center, 28821 Pavilion Street
In Bellefontaine - Now Open
Ohio Highpoint Career Center, House #4, 2280 State Route 540
In Marietta - Now Open
Washington County Courthouse (Old Jail), 205 Putnam Street
In Dillonvale - Now Open
Dillonvale Senior Center, 46 Main Street
In McConnelsville - Now Open
Riecker Building, Chamber of Commerce Room, 155 Main Street
In Bucyrus - Opening Monday, March 7
Crawford County Courthouse Conference Room, 112 East Mansfield Street
In Columbus - Opening Monday, March 7
Franklin County EMA, 5300 Strawberry Farms Blvd.
In Zanesville - Opening Monday, March 7
Muskingum County EMA/EOC, 2215 Adamsville Road
In Yellowbud - Opening Monday, March 7
Yellowbud United Methodist Church Annex, 599 Yellowbud Road
In Coshocton - Opening Tuesday, March 8, Closing Friday, March 11
Coshocton County Service Building, 724 South 7th Street
For more information about SBA's disaster loan program, visit an SBA outreach centers or call the Disaste...