INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Community Relations specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are reaching out to Hoosiers affected by the March 8 - 14 severe storms and flooding.
Currently 13 Indiana counties are eligible for Individual Assistance: Allen, Carroll, DeKalb, Fulton, Jasper, Kosciusko, Lake, LaPorte, Marshall, Noble, Pulaski, White and Whitley.
FEMA representatives will always wear or carry an official U.S. Department of Homeland Security photo identification badge and usually wear FEMA clothing.
Community Relations teams are canvassing communities in the declared areas, offering homeowners, renters and business owners information about available disaster assistance programs.
Community Relations team members also meet with representatives of community-based agencies, community leaders and public officials. When Community Relations staff identifies unmet needs, information is communicated to the state or federal staff best able to respond.
Residents in need of assistance are urged to first register on-line @ www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for those with special speech or hearing needs.
Assistance programs may include grants to help individuals pay for temporary disaster housing; grants to owners for essential repairs to primary residences; and grants for serious disaster-related needs and expenses not covered by insurance or other assistance programs.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations for losses not fully covered by insurance. These loans are at low interest rates and long terms that make the loans affordable. The SBA may lend up to $200,000 to repair homes, up to $40,000 to replace disaster-damaged personal property and a maximum of $2 million is available for businesses with economic or physical losses.
Representatives of SBA are at all of the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) to meet individually with each resident or business owner to answer any questions about SBA's disaster loan program, help them complete a disaster loan application and accept completed applications. Anyone not able to go to a DRC should call the SBA Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 for SBA information and assistance or visit the SBA website at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.
Those affected by the disaster may apply for disaster loans from SBA's secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.