INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Three weeks after President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for Indiana, nearly than $1.6 Million in disaster assistance grants and loans have been approved. Federal and state recovery officials announced that today a total of 972 residents have applied for disaster assistance in the 16 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 14.
- 947 individuals (homeowners, renters and business owners) have applied for assistance in the 16 counties designated for Individual Assistance (IA). Counties designated eligible for IA are: Allen, Carroll, Daviess, DeKalb, Fulton, Jasper, Kosciusko, Lake, LaPorte, Lawrence, Marshall, Noble, Pulaski, St. Joseph, White and Whitley.
- $1,569,871 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.
- $363,200 in loans have been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and 686 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.
- 433 people have visited one of the 11 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 State Bar Association (ISBA) has set up a toll-free telephone number 1- 800-266-2581, Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT, with voice mail. All messages will be responded to within 24 hours.
The ISBA will refer flood victims to Indiana attorney volunteers for free legal information regarding matters such as insurance claims, replacing legal documents, home repair contracts and problems with landlords. No member of the volunteer attorney group will accept fee-generating cases. Their services are authorized only to assist in resolving certain issues arising out of the disaster.
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. Tell your neighbor.
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 http://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/. Applicants also may visit the SBA Web site at www.sba.gov/service...