INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- One month after a federal disaster was declared in Indiana due to severe storms and flooding, $31,675,486 in recovery grants and loans has been approved for renters, homeowners and business owners in 20 affected counties.
"Hoosiers affected by the disaster are making steady progress toward recovery," said Stephen M. DeBlasio, Sr., head of recovery operations in Indiana for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "We're proud FEMA has been able to assist Indiana residents in recovery efforts. Much work remains, so we're asking affected residents to help us help you. ?If you haven't yet registered for assistance, do so today. And if you have registered, be sure to keep your contact information updated with FEMA so we can deliver aid as efficiently as possible to those who qualify."
The president declared a major disaster for Indiana on Sept. 23. A total of 21,082 residents in designated counties have applied for disaster assistance, according to FEMA and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
$23,804,786 in Individual Assistance funds has been approved. Of this, $20,305,720 has been approved for housing assistance and $3,499,066 for assistance with other needs, such as medical expenses and damage to personal property.
Currently, 86 FEMA inspectors are verifying damage from the disaster. To date, 15,461 home inspections have been completed.
Four federal-state Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are operating in affected counties. The locations are:
- LaPorte Parks and Recreation Dept., 250 Pine Lake Ave., LaPorte 46350
- Manuszczak Appliance Store, 9450 Calumet Ave., Munster 46321
- Ivy Tech Community College, 1440 East 35th Ave., Gary 46409
- Valparaiso Fire Dept. #2, 2605 Cumberland Drive, Valparaiso 46383
At the DRCs, residents can speak face-to-face with recovery experts and check on the status of applications for assistance. So far, 29,964 visits have been made to Indiana recovery centers.
In addition to FEMA assistance, low-interest disaster loans are available from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for homeowners, renters, businesses and non-profit organizations. So far, the SBA has approved $7,870,700 in loans and issued 12,078 applications for home loans and 1,710 applications for business loans.
Disaster loans can cover uncompensated losses for personal contents up to $40,000 for both homeowners and renters, and up to $200,000 for homeowners for physical damage to their primary residence. The SBA also provides low-interest loans up to $2 million for uncompensated physical losses suffered by businesses and private non-profit organizations. Businesses may also be eligible for working-capital loans. The combination of the two business loans cannot exceed $2 million.
Residents who receive an SBA disaster loan application in the mail after applying with FEMA should be sure to complete the application, even if they aren't sure they want a loan. Completing the SBA application is an important step in being considered for FEMA's Other Needs Assistance program, which covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.
The first step toward receiving disaster assistance from FEMA or the SBA is to register with FEMA.
To register, affected residents can go online at any time to www.fema.gov. Or they can call FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or at TTY 1-800-462-7585 for those with speech or hearing impairments. Residents can update contact information at the same numbers. Lines are ope...