INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The presidential disaster declaration of September 23 for Indiana was amended Nov. 5 to include the following counties for Individual Assistance: Franklin, Gibson, Jasper, Ohio, Orange, Posey, Ripley, St. Joseph, Vanderburgh and Warrick.
As a result, residents of 30 Indiana counties may now apply for a variety of federal and state disaster recovery programs and services. Those counties include: Clark, Crawford, Dearborn, Floyd, Franklin, Gibson, Harrison, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jennings, Knox, Lake, LaPorte, Lawrence, Martin, Ohio, Orange, Perry, Pike, Porter, Posey, Ripley, Scott, Spencer, St. Joseph, Switzerland, Vanderburgh, Warrick and Washington.
Federal and state officials urge homeowners, renters and businesses in these counties who were affected by the Sept. 12 – Oct. 6 storms and flooding to register for disaster assistance immediately. Call 1-800-621-FEMA or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- or hearing-impaired, 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. seven days a week. Online registration is available at www.fema.gov. The deadline to apply is Nov. 24.
Registration is the first step to being considered for federal disaster assistance. Officials remind residents who have already filled out damage report forms with the state, county emergency managers, or voluntary agencies, that they must register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to be considered for federal assistance.
Applicants for Individual Assistance are advised to have the following information available to help speed up the application process:
- Current phone number
- Address at the time of the disaster and the address where they are now staying
- Social Security number, if available
- A general list of damages and losses they suffered
- If insured, the insurance policy number, or the agent's and company name
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.