Public Assistance Helps Push Aid Total To $81.5 Million

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August 22, 2008
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MADISON, Wis. -- Assistance to public entities, along with grants and low-interest loans to individuals, brings to $81.5 million in state and federal aid to Wisconsin for recent severe storms and flooding.

"We are pleased to see public assistance grants becoming an increasing part of Wisconsin's disaster recovery," said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Dolph Diemont. "With 837 Requests for Public Assistance now in the pipeline, we can expect this element of disaster aid to increase rapidly in coming weeks."

Public Assistance grants fund repair and restoration of storm-damaged facilities and services provided by counties, cities, and private non-profit organizations that provide essential public services.

Recovery summary as of close of business Aug. 21:

  • $43 million in Individual Assistance has been distributed in FEMA grants for repair and replacement of storm-damaged housing and for temporary housing (see Attachment 1 for county-by-county breakdown).
  • $31.3 million has been approved by The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and business owners.
  • $5.9 million in FEMA grants has been approved for other disaster needs such as transportation, medical and dental expenses, moving and storage fees, and replacement or repair of personal property.
  • $1.3 million in FEMA Public Assistance grants has been obligated to date for 129 Project Worksheets for Public Assistance from public entities.
  • 38,701 residents have registered for assistance in the 30 Wisconsin counties declared eligible for individual disaster aid.
  • 35,461 home inspections have been completed.

Homeowners, renters and business owners can visit any of the nine SBA centers currently open in Columbia, Fond du Lac, Jefferson, Milwaukee, Sauk, Waukesha and Winnebago counties for assistance with low interest disaster loans (see attachment for locations and hours).

Residents can register or update their information with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362 or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for those with speech or hearing impairment. The toll-free lines are open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. CDT until further notice. Residents also can register online 24 hours a day at until the 11 p.m. deadline on Sept.15.

Homeowners, renters and business owners can receive information about SBA disaster loans and obtain help with the application process by calling the SBA at 1-800-659-2955 or TTY 1-800-877-8339, by visiting the SBA Web site at, or by talking to an SBA customer service representative at any Disaster Loan Outreach Center or Business Recovery Center (see Attachment 2).

Attachment 1, Wisconsin Individuals and Households Program (IHP), Eligible Applicants and Disaster Assistance Approved by Counties

(Information current as of close of business Aug. 21, 2008)

County IHP Eligible IHP Amount









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