INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Three weeks remain for Indiana residents affected by recent severe storms and flooding to register for federal disaster assistance. Monday, Nov. 24, is the deadline to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
"Affected residents shouldn't delay," said Stephen M. DeBlasio Sr., FEMA's head of Indiana recovery operations. "The first step toward receiving disaster assistance is to register with FEMA."
Residents can register online at www.fema.gov, or call FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for those with speech or hearing impairments. Lines are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Residents can also check on the status of their application and update contact information through the same numbers.
FEMA Individual Assistance grants may help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses such as medical care and damage to personal property. Residents in 20 Indiana counties are eligible for Individual Assistance if they have damages or losses caused by the severe storms and flooding of Sept. 12 through Oct. 6. Those counties are Clark, Crawford, Dearborn, Floyd, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Knox, Lake, LaPorte, Lawrence, Martin, Perry, Pike, Porter, Scott, Spencer, Switzerland and Washington.
In addition to FEMA assistance, low-interest disaster loans are available from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and certain non-profit organizations. 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.
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.