DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — Less than two weeks remain until the Nov. 17 deadline to apply for disaster assistance for damages from this summer’s floods.
Homeowners, renters and businesses with damages from the severe storms and flooding that occurred July 19 – Aug. 7 may be eligible for federal and state aid. Officials at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) encourage residents in Carroll, Cook, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago counties to apply for assistance as soon as possible.
Individuals may complete an application online anytime at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling toll-free 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Operators are available from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily until further notice. Help is available in a wide variety of languages.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) also has a deadline of Nov. 17 for homeowners, renters and businesses to return SBA applications. Officials stress the importance of returning the SBA application as soon as possible. Homeowners and renters who cannot afford a loan may be referred back to FEMA for possible additional grant assistance. There is no obligation to accept a loan offer.
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 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Apply online at SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/. For more information about the SBA disaster loan program, visit the SBA website at www.sba.gov.
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