More Than $5 Million Approved In Disaster Assistance

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Release date: 
August 11, 2006
Release Number: 
1656-009

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- More than $5 million in disaster assistance grants have been approved, according to federal and state recovery officials. A total of 4,128 residents have applied for disaster assistance in Ashtabula, Geauga, and Lake counties in northern Ohio.

The following is an update of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) recovery activities as of close of business Thursday, August 10.

  • 4,128 individuals (homeowners and renters) have applied for assistance in the three counties designated for Individual Assistance. The application breakdown by county is Ashtabula, 458; Geauga, 69; and Lake, 3,601.
  • 2,179 claims have been approved thus far for the Individuals and Household Program.
  • More than $5 Million in grants have been approved through the Individuals and Household Program. (This assistance may be for temporary disaster housing assistance; repairing disaster-damaged, uninsured homes to a safe, sanitary and functional condition; and replacement grants for serious, disaster-related needs and expenses not covered by insurance or other assistance programs.)
  • 3,359 inspections have been completed.
  • 3,700 low-interest disaster loan applications have been issued by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), including 3,366 for homeowners and renters and 334 for business owners. SBA officials encourage anyone who has received an application to turn it in as soon as possible to be eligible for any further assistance.
  • 740 people have visited the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) which opened Saturday, August 5. Recovery officials urge applicants to take advantage of the free services and information.
  • DRCs are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the following locations.
  • JFK Senior Center, 1580 East 332nd Street, Eastlake, OH
    (Also Open Sunday, August 13 from 12 noon to 6 p.m.)
  • First Church Congregational United Church of Christ, 22 Liberty Street, Painesville, OH
    (Also Open Sunday, August 13 from 12 noon to 6 p.m.)
  • DRC Mentor Senior Center (West Entrance), 6313 Center Street, Mentor, OH
    (This mobile DRC will be at this location Aug. 14 thru Aug. 17 only.)

Residents should call before visiting a DRC, at 1-800-621-FEMA or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech and hearing impaired. Phone lines will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week until further notice. People may also register for assistance online at their convenience at www.fema.gov. The deadline for residents in Ashtabula, Geauga, and Lake counties to apply is Sept. 30, 2006.

SBA offers disaster loans up to $200,000 to repair disaster-damaged primary residences. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to replace damaged personal property such as furniture and clothing. Loans to businesses of all sizes and nonprofit organizations up to $1.5 million are available to repair or replace damaged real estate, machinery and equipment, supplies, and inventory.

FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA became a part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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