INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Five weeks after a federal disaster was declared in Indiana due to severe storms and flooding, $36, 258,249 in recovery grants and loans has been approved for renters, homeowners and business owners in 20 affected counties.
"Hoosiers are using recovery funds to help move ahead with their lives," said Stephen M. DeBlasio Sr., head of recovery operations in Indiana for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "Indiana residents affected by the disaster have until Monday, Nov. 24, to register for assistance. Those who suffered damages but who haven?t yet registered should do so today."
The president declared a major disaster for Indiana on Sept. 23. Twenty Indiana counties have been designated for FEMA Individual Assistance programs related to the disaster: Clark, Crawford, Dearborn, Floyd, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Knox, Lake, LaPorte, Lawrence, Martin, Perry, Pike, Porter, Scott, Spencer, Switzerland and Washington.
Since the declaration, 22,755 residents in designated counties have applied for disaster assistance, according to FEMA and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
$25,528,849 in Individual Assistance funds has been approved. Of this, $21,723, 859 has been approved for Housing Assistance and $3,804,989 for Other Needs Assistance (ONA), such as medical expenses and damage to personal property.
Currently, 36 FEMA inspectors are verifying disaster damage; 17,242 home inspections have been completed.
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 $10,729,400 in loans including $10,476,700 for home loans and $252,700 for business loans.
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 ONA, 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.
Affected residents can register online at any time at 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 open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
Four Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are operating in affected counties. At the centers, residents can speak with recovery specialists, check on the status of applications for assistance and receive help filling out SBA disaster loan applications. So far, 32,255 visits have been made to Indiana recovery centers.
Two DRCs will cease operations after doing business today (Friday, Oct. 31); one of these will transition to an SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) effective next week. DLOCs offer help with the SBA disaster loan process; specialists there can answer program questions, assist applicants with filling out forms, and close loans.
DRC locations, hours and transition information are outlined below:
Manuszczak Appliance Store, 9450 Calumet Ave., Munster 46321
Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday until further notice
Ivy Tech Community College, 1440 E. 35t...