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August 2, 2008
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MADISON, Wis. -- The following is a summary of information released July 26 through August 1 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from the Wisconsin Joint Field Office for Disaster 1768, severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.

To Sell or Rebuild? 
That is the Question Facing Many Wisconsin Residents after Recent Flooding

(Date of Release: July 26, 2008)

In the aftermath of a disaster, communities should tackle questions about how to avoid or brace against future property losses.  Many issues can be resolved by upgrading the damaged property or community infrastructure.  Nevertheless, some obstacles are too great to be overcome by re-engineering. Vacating property susceptible to future damage could be the only practical solution. If the chosen option is to vacate the property, the decision is always made locally, is always voluntary, and is frequently made easier by state and federal funding assistance.

It's Good Business to Prepare for Disaster
(Date of Release: July 26, 2008)

Restoring business is an important part of Wisconsin's recovery from recent storms and flooding. Businesses that plan for disaster before the storm generally have less damage, economic loss and down time than those that do not. It's a good reason to include disaster preparations in the normal course of business planning.

Jefferson, Rock County Disaster Recovery Centers To Close August 2, Reopen as SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers August 4
(Date of Release: July 28, 2008)

The Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Jefferson and Rock counties will end operations at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 and reopen as SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs) on Monday, Aug. 4.  Applicants with questions still can call the toll-free helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA. Individuals and business owners needing questions answered or assistance with their SBA low interest disaster loan applications can visit the new DLOCS:

  • Jefferson County - UW Extension, 864 Collins Rd., Jefferson, WI 53549. Mon - Fri: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Rock County - New Life Assembly of God Church, 2416 N. Wright Rd, Janesville, WI  53549.  Mon - Tues: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Wed: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Thurs - Fri:: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Sat: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

TLC For Elderly and Disabled Residents
(Date of Release: July 28, 2008)

If funding is the soul of disaster relief, outreach to seniors and others with special-needs must be the heart of it.  FEMA has a Special Needs Team that is putting its collective heart into checking in with applicants who are seniors or who have disabilities. All 6,551 of them. The outreach began soon after the flooding.

Registration Clock to Tick A Little Longer
(Date of Release: July 29, 2008)

Wisconsin residents now have until Monday, September 15, 2008, to register for disaster help from FEMA, SBA and other agencies.  A toll-free helpline is available between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. every day to take registrations: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  Those with a hearing or speech impairment can call TTY-1-800-462-7585. Individuals and business owners also can register online at

Disaster Assistance Available for Non-Citizens
(Date of Release: July 30, 2008)

People who are not U.S. citizens but are in the United States legally may be eligible for assistance for damage from the recent severe storms and flooding.  Applicants' legal status will not be jeopardized by applying for assistance. To qualify they must be non-citizen nationals or qualified aliens, including individuals with Lawful Permanent Resid...

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