TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Since Volusia County was declared a disaster area eligible for federal aid on May 27, more than 4,213 of the county's storm survivors have registered for federal disaster assistance and nearly $6.4 million has been approved to help them recover.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved almost $5.6 million in grants through the Individuals and Households Program (IHP) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved nearly $750,000 in low-interest disaster loans.
Disaster Assistance from FEMA
Breakdown of disaster assistance approved for homeowners and renters through June 23, 2009:
- $4,417,833 has been disbursed for housing expenses, including temporary rental assistance, home repair costs and assistance toward replacing destroyed homes (part of IHP).
- $1,192,534 has been approved for Other Needs Assistance (part of IHP) to cover expenses and serious needs caused by the disaster (e.g., medical, dental, funeral, personal property, transportation, moving and storage and other related expenses).
- 3,454 home inspections to confirm disaster damage have been completed.
- Teams of state and FEMA Community Relations field specialists have distributed thousands of flyers to help identify and assist disaster survivors. In the course of explaining the recovery process, they have visited 11,014 residences, 1,153 businesses and numerous community-based organizations, schools and houses of worship.
- 3,926 visits have been made to the two state/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs).
Last remaining Disaster Recovery Center to close Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at 7 p.m.:
308 South Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Although it's not mandatory, residents and business owners interested in finding out more about disaster assistance programs are encouraged to visit the Daytona Beach DRC before it closes. At the center federal and state recovery specialists meet one-on-one with storm survivors to answer questions and review their applications. Recovery specialists may also be able to supply contacts for other helpful programs.
Storm survivors are encouraged to register for assistance before visiting the DRC, however registrations can be completed at the centers as well as online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling FEMA's toll-free Registration and Helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 800-462-7585 for people with a speech or hearing impairment. Phone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. EDT seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.
Disaster Assistance from the SBA
As of June 23, 2009, the SBA had approved $749,200 in low-interest disaster loans for residents and businesses. And, in an effort to continue their outreach, the SBA opened a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) in Holly Hill in Volusia County on Monday and will open another at Daytona Beach on Thursday, June 25.
At the DLOCs, storm survivors can apply and get answers to their questions about low-interest disaster loans that currently offer interest rates are as low as 2.437 percent for homeowners and renters, and 4.000 percent for businesses with terms up to 30 years. Business owners are encouraged to visit the Business Recovery Center that continues operating at Holly Hill Recreational Center.
Locations of the Disaster Loan Outreach Centers:
Holly Hill Community Recreational Center
Multipurpose Room # 2
1046 Daytona Avenue
Holly Hill, FL 32117
Opening: Monday, June 22
Hours: Monday - Frid...