INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Two weeks after President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for Indiana, more than $1.2 Million in disaster assistance grants and loans have been approved. Federal and state recovery officials announced that a total of 737 residents have applied for disaster assistance in the 13 designated Indiana counties.
The following is an update of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) recovery activities as of close of business Thursday, May 7.
- 737 individuals (homeowners, renters and business owners) have applied for assistance in the 13 counties designated for Individual Assistance (IA). Counties designated eligible for IA and their corresponding registrations are Allen, Carroll, DeKalb, Fulton, Jasper, Kosciusko, Lake, LaPorte, Marshall, Noble, Pulaski, White and Whitley.
- $1,213,267 in grants have been approved through the Individuals and Households Program. This assistance is intended for essential disaster related needs not covered by insurance or other programs.
- $60,100 in loans have been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and 530 applications have been issued. Residents who receive an SBA disaster loan application in the mail after applying with FEMA should be sure to complete and return the application, even if they aren’t sure they want a loan. Returning 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, moving and storage expenses.
- 274 people have visited one of the seven Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) that are or have been temporarily opened in various locations to help meet the needs of disaster victims.
County breakdowns are available upon request.
The Disaster Legal Services program (DLS) has been implemented for DR-1832-IN. Free legal advice and referrals are available for anyone affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from March 8-14. The Indiana district of the American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyers Division (YLD) is made up of attorneys who volunteer their time and knowledge. The toll-free hotline telephone number is 1-800-266-2581, available 24 hours a day with voice mail. All messages receive a response within 24 hours.
Hotline attorneys can handle questions regarding disaster-related subjects such as insurance claims, landlord/tenant issues, drawing up powers of attorney, and replacement of wills and other important documents that were lost or destroyed. To be eligible for the legal assistance, individuals must not have a lawyer or the resources to hire one, must live in one of the 13 counties designated for FEMA Individual Assistance programs, and must need legal assistance as a direct result of the severe storms and flooding.
Federal and state officials urge homeowners, renters and businesses affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding March 8 - 14, to apply immediately by calling 1-800-621-FEMA or for those with hearing or visual impairments call TTY 1-800-462-7585. The FEMA registration/helpline numbers are operational everyday from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. (EDT), seven days a week. On-line registration is available at www.disasterassistance.gov., 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For more information about SBA, call the SBA Customer Service Center from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (EDT) Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (EDT), Saturday, at 1-800-659-2955 for information and assistance. Victims may apply online at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants also may visit the SBA Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance or e-mail mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org...