ROCKFORD, Ill. -- As of Thursday morning, 428 Illinois residents who were affected by the severe storms and flooding that occurred on Aug. 20 - 31 have applied for disaster assistance, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA).
"We know there are many more residents who haven't sought the assistance they are entitled to," said Tony Russell, FEMA's federal coordinating officer for the Illinois disaster. "Anyone who suffered damage or expenses related to this disaster should act now to ensure they are reimbursed."
Residents who suffered damages from the severe storms and flooding that occurred on Aug. 20-31 can register either by going online at www.fema.gov or calling toll-free 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Speech or hearing impaired individuals should call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Telephone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. Residents should register prior to visiting a DRC.
Andrew Velasquez III, IEMA director, said, "We are doing everything possible to make sure Illinois residents affected by the August 20-31 severe storms and flooding receive the disaster aid they are entitled to. Federal assistance is available, but those who sustained damage must take that first step and apply."
Monday, federal, state and city officials opened three Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in DeKalb, Kane and LaSalle counties. These centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Saturday, October 13. DRC staff can answer questions about registration for disaster assistance and hazard mitigation, help with disaster loan applications and provide information and contacts for other programs.
When registering for FEMA assistance, residents should have the following information available: Social Security number (and that of your spouse); private insurance, if applicable, address and zip code of the damaged property; directions to the damaged home or property and a daytime telephone number.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.