ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Nine weeks after a presidential disaster declaration was issued for southeastern Minnesota, nearly $50 million in federal recovery funds has been made available to individuals in the seven designated counties, according to officials from Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) and the U.S Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Recovery officials continue to deliver aid to eligible residents and business owners in areas affected by the severe storms and flooding that swept through the area in August.
"Because the deadline for Minnesotans to apply for disaster aid has been extended to Nov. 14, time remains for affected residents to apply for assistance,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Carlos Mitchell. “Don't assume you won't qualify for assistance or that by applying you will deprive others of aid."
The presidential disaster declaration was issued Aug. 23. Residents in seven counties - Dodge, Fillmore, Houston, Olmsted, Steele, Wabasha and Winona - may be eligible to receive FEMA Individual Assistance funds. By the close of business on Wednesday, Oct. 24, a total of 5,115 people in the designated counties had registered for Individual Assistance, and $16,790,683 in Housing Assistance and $1,427,148 in Other Needs Assistance had already been approved.
Individual Assistance is available for homeowners and renters to help replace losses not fully covered by insurance. It can include rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable; grants to repair homes and replace essential household items to make damaged dwellings safe, sanitary and functional; and grants to meet serious disaster-related needs not covered by other programs.
Those affected by the severe storms and flooding can begin applying for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- or hearing-impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers operate from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (local time) seven days a week. Individuals can also register online at www.fema.gov. The new deadline to register for assistance is Wednesday, Nov. 14.
SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs) in Rochester, Winona and Rushford, MN will be open until further notice to help with the SBA application process.
Homeowners, renters, businesses and nonprofit organizations may also be eligible for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help them recover from the disaster, including loans to recover from property losses not compensated by insurance or grants. In addition, small business may receive loans to help provide working capital to recover from the disaster's economic impact. By the close of business on Wednesday, Oct. 24, a total of 3,843 applications for home loans and 831 applications for business and economic injury disaster loans had been issued; $31,703,400 in loans had been approved.
Federal Disaster Assistance by County
The following table shows how many applications for FEMA assistance have been received and how much Housing Assistance, Other Needs Assistance and cumulative assistance has been awarded to individuals and households in each county. All figures are current as of the close of business on Wednesday, Oct. 24. (Figures are rounded to the nearest dollar.)
|County||Applications||Housing Assistance||Other Needs Assistance||Cumulative Assistance|
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.