LISLE, Ill. – More than 11,000 people have applied for assistance and nearly $1 million has been approved in grants since the president declared seven Illinois counties eligible for federal disaster assistance Aug. 19.
Residents in Carroll, Cook, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago may be eligible for federal disaster help as they recover from severe storms and flooding that struck Illinois July 22 through Aug. 7.
Anyone who had damages in any of the designated counties may apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by phone at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are available seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (CDT) until further notice. Help in other languages is available.
Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster officials say those who have losses from the floods should apply as soon as possible. The initial grants were for temporary rental assistance or damage repairs.
Filing damage reports with local and county officials or voluntary agencies will not start the federal disaster assistance process. You must apply with FEMA. Residents covered by insurance do not have to wait for an insurance inspection to begin the registration process.
When applying for help, be sure to have the following information available:
- Current telephone number.
- Address at the time of the disaster and the address where you now are staying.
- Social Security number, if available.
- Name of insurance company or agent and the policy number, if insured.
- A general list of damages and losses.
- Bank account coding if the applicant prefers to speed up federal assistance by using direct deposit.