WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Federal and state dollars continue to quickly flow into Iowa communities recovering from the severe storms, flooding and tornados that occurred from June 1 through Aug. 31, 2010. To date, more than $23 million in federal and state grants, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans, and public infrastructure funding has been approved or obligated.
The Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division (HSEMD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), partners in the state’s recovery, provide the following summary of disaster assistance efforts as of the close of business Sept. 21, 2010:
- Survivor registration with FEMA has reached 9,725.
- Since Aug. 15, FEMA inspection teams have completed 8,599 home inspections.
- Approved funds for Housing Assistance and Other Needs Assistance have reached $18,641,152.
- SBA has approved nearly $4.8 million in federal, low-interest disaster loans to Iowa residents and businesses.
SBA offers disaster loans to repair or replace damaged real estate, personal property and business assets not covered by insurance or other aid. For small businesses only, SBA offers disaster loans to cover working capital needs caused by the disaster. Up to $200,000 is available to homeowners to repair or replace primary homes; up to $40,000 is available to homeowners and renters to repair or replace personal property; and up to $2 million is available to businesses for disaster losses.
If you live in one of the 34 Iowa counties declared for Individual Assistance and have incurred damage, whether the loss is large or small, and whether or not you anticipate federal assistance, you are urged to register with FEMA.
“The sooner people register, the sooner we will be able to help those eligible,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Tom Hall.
Those who have registered with FEMA will receive a 9-digit Disaster Registration Number that is assigned upon completion of the FEMA registration process.
- Register online or by telephone as soon as possible. Anyone who had damage and loss can register online anytime at www.disasterassistance.gov, or call the toll-free Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) registration line at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 800-462-7585 for the hearing- or speech-impaired. The hours are from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., local time, seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are available.
- Have some information ready when you register. When you call the FEMA number you will need your current address, the address of the damaged property, contact information where FEMA can reach you, social security number, household composition, insurance and income informatio
- Register, even if you are insured. Your insurance may not cover all your damage and some damage may not show up until later. Call your insurance company and then register with FEMA.
- The registration period ends Oct. 13, 2010.
You may also access disaster information and recovery resources directly from your smartphone at FEMA’s new mobile website at http://m.fema.gov/.
For information about SBA’s disaster loan programs, applicants may call (800) 659-2955 (TTY 1-800-977-8339), or online at www.sba.gov.
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