INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Over the past 18-months, the state of Indiana was affected by severe weather in which the state requested and was granted five presidentially declared disasters. Those declarations resulted in a total over $365,829,399 in disaster assistance to the state. Through Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program grants and Small Business Administration (SBA) loans, recovery assistance was available to individuals and state and local governments that were affected by the disasters. Types of assistance includes:
Individual Assistance provides financial help or direct services to homeowners and renters who, after a declared disaster, have eligible expenses and needs that are unmet through other means.
Public Assistance provides eligible state, local, and certain non-profit organizations reimbursement on a cost-sharing basis for their work to combat storms and repair public infrastructure.
The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program was also included in the disaster declarations to enable all Indiana counties to apply for hazard mitigation grants used for projects to reduce vulnerability to future disasters.
SBA loans were made available to eligible applicants.
Federal and state disaster officials have provided the following summary of ongoing assistance efforts for Indiana:
- During the period of January 30, 2008 through April 22, 2009, five presidential disaster declarations were approved for severe storms, tornadoes, flooding and a severe winter storm.
- Individual Assistance was declared four times. As of June 07, 2009, approximately $101,307,655 was approved to over 48,500 Hoosiers needing recovery assistance.
- Public Assistance was approved on four declarations. Over $150,623,744 was allocated for projects to assist the state and local government agencies to recover from the effects of the severe weather. During this period, the Columbus Regional Hospital in Bartholomew County received funding for the largest public assistance project in the state's history. FEMA's federal share for this restoration project will exceed $71 million.
- The SBA approved 2,435 loans for individuals and 255 business loans on four disasters for a total dollar amount of over $113,898,000 to speed the recovery of individuals and businesses affected by the storms.
These numbers are expected to grow as public assistance projects are finalized and hazard mitigation grants are received and processed.
The strong partnership and planning between FEMA and our state and local partners who work together to assist communities after a disaster is an important factor in recovery efforts. But individuals also play a role by being prepared before a disaster strikes. Now is a good time to review all insurance policies before a disaster strikes. And don't forget flood insurance. Remember, after purchasing flood insurance it takes 30-days for the policy to become effective. For information on flood insurance visit www.floodsmart.gov.
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.