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Over $45 Million Approved for Disaster Assistance

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November 14, 2008
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Over $45 million in federal disaster assistance grants and loans have 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, 24,256 homeowners and renters from the 30 designated counties have applied for disaster assistance.

  • $45,316,799 in grants and loans have been approved for Indiana applicants, which includes:
    • $23,609,864 in housing assistance to cover temporary rental assistance, home repairs???? and replacement.
    • $4,468,735 in other needs assistance to cover essential personal property losses, medical, dental, funeral, transportation or other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance.
  • 33,006 residents have visited Disaster Recovery Centers.
  • $17,238,200 in U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans has been approved.
  • 14,067 SBA disaster loan applications have been issued to homeowners and 2,043 to business owners.
  • Currently, 29 FEMA inspectors are verifying disaster damage; 18,859 home inspections have been completed.

Qualified residents in 30 counties are eligible for individual assistance from FEMA. Designated counties include: Clark, Crawford, Dearborn, Floyd, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Knox, Lake, LaPorte, Lawrence, Martin, Perry, Pike, Porter, Scott, Spencer, Switzerland and Washington. Additional counties added by the Nov. 5 amendment are: Franklin, Gibson, Jasper, Ohio, Orange, Posey, Ripley, St. Joseph, Vanderburgh and Warrick.

The Last Two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will be open through Nov. 14:

  • Ivy Tech Community College, 1440 East 35th Ave., Gary

Open Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Manuszczak Appliance Store, 9450 Calumet Ave., Munster

Open Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Both DRCs will transition to SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs) effective Monday, Nov. 17. They will operate Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. DLOCs offer assistance with the SBA disaster loan process; there, specialists can answer program questions, assist applicants with filling out forms and close 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 the FEMA 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.

Affected residents can register online at any time at 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. The deadline to register is Nov. 24.

Public Assistance Counties Added

The presidential disaster declaration of September 23 for Indiana was amended Nov. 7 to include two more counties eligible for the federal Public Assistance program: Daviess and LaPorte.? Thirty-four Indiana counties are now eligible for this as...

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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