DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. -- In less than three weeks, more than $108 million has been approved in disaster assistance to flood-impacted residents, state and federal recovery officials said today.
At close of business Monday, Sept. 6, a total of $108,844,534 in disaster grants had been approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of Illinois. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) had approved $992,500 in low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and nonprofit organizations.
“I believe this milestone demonstrates the effective teamwork of FEMA and its state and local partners in their support for Illinois residents impacted by this disaster,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Gregory Eaton.
More than 58,480 Illinois residents have applied for disaster assistance. Residents of Carroll, Cook, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago counties are eligible to apply to FEMA. The easiest way to apply is to go online to www.disasterassistance.gov, or call 1 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800 462-7585. The toll-free telephone lines are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and multilingual assistance is available.
“Thousands of residents have been adversely affected by the severe weather this year,” said State Coordinating Officer Joseph Klinger. “Recovery is a long process, but seeing disaster assistance getting quickly into the hands of those who need it is a most welcome sight.”
Disaster Recovery Centers located in Freeport, Cicero, Westchester and the Austin area of Chicago offer in-person help for those needing help with their FEMA application. Centers are at the Stephenson County Highway Administration building on Lamm Road in Freeport, the Cicero Public Safety Building at 5410 W. 34th St. in Cicero, St. Joseph High School west entrance in Westchester and in the former Old Navy building at Washington Square in the Austin area of Chicago.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.