CHICAGO, Ill. -- For victims of September flooding in Illinois, time is running out to register for federal assistance, say officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). The deadline is Dec. 2, only two weeks away.
"If you have now, or think in the future you could have, any uninsured losses caused by the September floods, you may be eligible for federal funds to help with recovery expenses," said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Libby Turner. "We urge you to register with FEMA before it is too late."
Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, LaSalle, Peoria, Will and Woodford counties are eligible for FEMA's Individual Assistance Program.
Registration is easy by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 800-462-7585 or online at www.fema.gov. Teleregistration hours are from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. CST, seven days a week.
More than 38,000 individuals and households have registered. Applicants with questions about disaster assistance programs, the status of a previously filed application or how to appeal a FEMA decision should call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.
The deadline for homeowners, renters and businesses to return disaster loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is also Dec. 2. Low-interest SBA loans are the primary source of help with expenses caused by uninsured losses of real or personal property.
Should a renter or homeowner not be eligible for an SBA disaster loan, the SBA will refer the applicant back to FEMA as they may be able to receive additional funds for losses such as their personal property, vehicle, moving and storage expenses. Information about SBA programs is available at 800-659-2955 or online at www.sba.gov.
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.