SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The deadline for Illinois residents affected by the June 1 to July 22 severe storms and floods to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency has passed. There may, however, be a few disaster victims who were not able to apply for federal assistance at no fault of their own.
If you call FEMA to apply for federal assistance you will be asked to write a letter explaining why you could not register within the 60-day timeframe. The letter must contain the following information:
- The extenuating circumstances that prevented you from applying during the application period
- At least one good contact phone number
- The county and state where the damaged property is located
- A description of damages
- The date the damages occurred
- A current mailing address
- Your social security number
- Copies of documentation supporting circumstances which prevented you from registering within the application period
If you have extraordinary circumstances FEMA might make an exception. If you call FEMA claiming that you did not know there was federal assistance available that will not qualify you for federal aid.
"The deadline to apply for federal assistance was August 25," said Libby Turner, FEMA federal coordinating officer. "The timeframe is two months from the date of declaration. That's plenty of time to notify FEMA if you need help."
To date, FEMA has approved over $ 7.5 million in disaster assistance to 3,292 applicants. The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved over $ 7.4 million in disaster loans.
The 18 Illinois counties designated for individual assistance are Adams, Calhoun, Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Hancock, Henderson, Jasper, Jersey, Lake, Lawrence, Mercer, Rock Island, Whiteside and Winnebago.
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.