CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Only one week after the severe winter storms and flooding in Lyon County, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved nearly $1 million in federal assistance to residents affected by the disaster.
"FEMA has been working closely with the City of Fernley, Lyon County and the Nevada Division of Emergency Management to assist those forced from their homes by this disaster. These partnerships have helped FEMA immediately respond to local needs," said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Karl.
Individual Assistance for residents affected by the disaster is available for those residing in Lyon County. FEMA disaster assistance covers basic needs only and may not compensate for an entire loss. For those insured, the government may help pay for basic needs not covered under an insurance policy. Those who sustained loss should contact their insurance agency as well as registering with FEMA and the State of Nevada. Some disaster aid does not have to be paid back, while other forms of help may come in the form of U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. A FEMA representative will explain the details to residents who call the toll-free number.
"The level of devastation to the Fernley community and its residents is catastrophic. The prompt response from government and voluntary resources including the federal funding that is now flowing will help Lyon County's residents move even more rapidly toward recovery," said State Coordinating Officer Frank Siracusa Chief of the Nevada Division of Emergency Management.
As of Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7 a.m. disaster recovery efforts include:
- Disaster assistance:
- 208 victims have registered for state and federal disaster assistance;
- $973,298 in total funds have been approved for residents affected by the disaster;
- 49 people have visited the disaster response center seeking assistance;
- Nine FEMA inspectors are working in the disaster area; and
- 166 home inspections have been completed in Lyon County.
- Prior to the disaster declaration FEMA distributed:
- Two semi-truckloads of water;
- 22,000 meals ready-to-eat;
- 500 blankets; and
- 500 cots.
- FEMA Community Relations teams are on the ground and going door-to-door providing information to residents. They will visit every home until everyone has been contacted. They are also working closely with the local government and voluntary agencies.
- SBA is currently assisting homeowners, renters and businesses affected by the disaster at the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at the Fernley City Hall. SBA customer service representatives are at the DRC to explain how a disaster loan can pay for property losses, issue loan applications, help residents complete their application and accept completed applications.
Residents affected by the disaster should register for federal assistance programs, even if all their information is not immediately available or it was lost in the disaster. Residents may call FEMA's toll-free number at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week until further notice. Those with speech or hearing impairment may call TTY 1-800-462-7585. Individuals with Internet access now have the option to register on the agency's website at www.fema.gov (upper right hand corner), where valuable recovery information is also available.
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.