MADISON, Wis. -- The following is a summary of information released during the week of Aug. 30 through Sept. 5 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from the Wisconsin Joint Field Office for Disaster 1768, severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.
Federal Aid To Wisconsin Not Affected By Hurricane Gustav
(Date of Release: Sept. 3, 2008)
The impact of Hurricane Gustav will not change any of the services the federal government is providing in Wisconsin. Emergency management officials said FEMA is organized and staffed to handle multiple disasters and will be on hand to help meet the needs of Wisconsin residents affected by June and July severe storms and flooding.
Don't Let Rental Assistance Lapse - Update Your Status With FEMA
(Date of Release: Sept. 5, 2008)
Residents receiving rental assistance from FEMA due to this summer's severe storms and flooding should let FEMA know if they still need housing assistance. Wisconsin residents may have received emergency grants to pay for alternate housing when their homes were made unlivable or became inaccessible because of severe storms and flooding. These short-term grants can be renewed only if residents file a Declaration of Continuing Need for Temporary Rental Assistance. The declaration forms are mailed to all applicants who receive rental assistance about two weeks after rental assistance begins. Applicants must fill out and return the declarations to FEMA before they can be considered for an extension of rental assistance beyond the initial grant. Residents declared eligible for disaster assistance should call the FEMA helpline at 1-800-621-3362 if they have questions about their emergency rental assistance.
WISCONSIN DISASTER AID TOPS $90.3 MILLION
(Date of Release: Sept. 5, 2008)
More than $90.3 million in state and federal disaster assistance has been approved for Wisconsin residents affected by June and July severe storms and flooding.
Recovery summary as of close of business Sept. 4:
$44.7 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).
$6.1 million in FEMA grants has been distributed for other disaster needs such as transportation, medical and dental expenses, moving and storage fees, and replacement or repair of personal property.
$35.5 million has been approved by The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and business owners.
$4 million in FEMA Public Assistance grants has been obligated to date for 301 Project Worksheets from public entities. Public Assistance grants fund repair and restoration of storm-damaged facilities and services provided by counties, cities, and private non-profit organizations that deliver essential public services.
39,324 residents have registered for assistance in the 30 Wisconsin counties declared eligible for individual disaster aid.
36,234 home inspections have been completed.
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 www.fema.gov until the 11 p.m. deadline on Sept.15.
Homeowners, renters and business owners can apply for disaster loans from SBA's secure website at disasterloan.sb...