DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. -- More than $131.3 million in federal money has already been approved to help Illinois residents recover from the severe storms and flooding occurring July 22 — Aug. 7.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is working closely with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to provide timely federal assistance necessary for disaster recovery in the seven counties designated for individual disaster assistance — Carroll, Cook, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago.
The following summarizes the ongoing disaster operation as of close of business Sept. 9:
- 68,610 Illinois residents have applied for assistance. Nearly 12 percent of those applications were made online;
- $131.3 million in disaster assistance grants have been approved for temporary housing, home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance;
- $2,674,400 has been approved in low-interest disaster loans by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA);
- 48,341 SBA applications have been distributed and 1,777 have been returned, an essential part of completing the process of applying for FEMA disaster grants;
- 56,724 damage inspections have been completed with 419 inspectors in the field;
- 46 FEMA Community Relations specialists are canvassing impacted communities, providing information on disaster programs, making referrals, and encouraging people to apply to FEMA even if they have provided damage information to other agencies and organizations;
- 4,328 individuals have visited the four Disaster Recovery Centers to date;
The four Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will be closed Sundays, starting Sept 12. They continue to be open Monday - Saturday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
DRC services include help with applying for disaster assistance and information about other disaster programs available from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), state and local agencies, and voluntary organizations. For federal/state disaster assistance, residents must apply with FEMA even if they have already provided damage information to local officials, other agencies or organizations.
DRC locations are:
Stephenson County Highway Administration Building
295 W. Lamm Road (near County Road 12/South Walnut Avenue)
Freeport, IL 61032
Cicero Public Safety Building
5410 W. 34th St.
Cicero, IL 60804
St. Joseph High School
1840 Mayfair Ave.
(West entrance via Oxford Street)
Westchester, IL 60154
Austin Area Disaster Recovery Center
(Former Old Navy building)
4905 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60639
Individuals are encouraged to apply for federal assistance by completing an application online anytime at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling toll-free 1 800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY1 800-462-7585. FEMA operators are available from 7 a.m. — 10 p.m., daily until further notice. Help is available in other languages.
SBA Disaster loan information may be obtained by calling the SBA's Customer Service Center at 1 800-659-2955 or TTY 1 800-877-8339 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT or by e...