NNearly $8 Million Approved in First Two Weeks of Disaster

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Release date: 
October 10, 2008
Release Number: 
1795-019

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Nearly $8 million in federal disaster assistance grants and loans has been ?approved so far by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small ????Business Administration (SBA) for Indiana residents who were affected by the Sept. 12 through Oct. 6 storms and flooding.

To date, 15,217 homeowners and renters from the 16 designated counties have applied for disaster assistance.

  • $7,498,983 in grants has been approved for Indiana applicants, which includes:
    • $6,376,910 in housing assistance to cover temporary rental assistance, home repairs ????and replacement.
    • $1,122,075 in other needs assistance to cover essential personal property losses, medical, dental, funeral, transportation or other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance.

  • 20,306 residents have visited Disaster Recovery Centers.

  • $490,800 in U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans has been approved for nine disaster assistance applicants.

  • 8,712 SBA disaster loan applications have been issued to homeowners and 1,254 to business owners.

Qualified residents in 16 counties are eligible for individual assistance from FEMA. Designated counties include: Clark, Crawford, Dearborn, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Knox, Lake, LaPorte, Lawrence, Martin, Pike, Porter, Spencer and Switzerland.

The following Disaster Recovery Center locations in Indiana will be open until future notice:

  • LaPorte Parks and Recreation Dept., 250 Pine Lake Ave., LaPorte
    Opening on Monday 10/13, hours: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.? Thereafter, hours will be
    Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Clark County Fairgrounds - Community Building, 9608 State Road #62, Charlestown
    Open Monday - Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Tuesday, Oct. 14.

  • Manuszczak Appliance Store, 9450 Calumet Ave., Munster
    Open Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Ivy Tech Community College, 1440 East 35th Ave., Gary
    Open Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Valparaiso Fire Dept. #2, 2605 Cumberland Drive, Valparaiso
    Open Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

After the disaster, many people filled out damage reports with state or local emergency agencies. Many thought they were registering with FEMA, but they were not. To be considered for federal aid, you must apply to FEMA by phone or online at www.fema.gov. If you haven?t contacted FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), you are not registered for disaster assistance through FEMA or the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). For those with hearing or speech impairments the TTY number is 1-800-462-7585. You can register 24 hours a day, seven days a week until further notice.

Application deadlines for Disaster Unemployment Assistance are: Oct. 22 for residents of Lake, LaPorte and Porter counties; Oct. 25 for those in Harrison, Jefferson and Jennings counties; and Nov. 3 for those in Clark, Crawford, Dearborn, Jackson, Knox, Lawrence, Martin, Pike, Spencer and Switzerland counties. Applications are being taken at any WorkOne Center or online at www.dwd.in.gov/dwd/2404.htmp.

Disaster Legal Services are available in designated counties.? Call 1-800-266-2581 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. to speak with an Indiana member...

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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