DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — Illinois residents: Tell your neighbors who had damage from the severe storms and flooding of July 19-Aug. 7 that Nov. 17 is their last chance to apply for federal help by telephone or online.
According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), more than 138,000 residents in Carroll, Cook, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago counties have already applied for FEMA assistance. More than $303 million has been approved for housing assistance, essential home repairs and/or other disaster-related needs.
Apply online anytime at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call toll-free 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). TTY users may call 1-800-462-7585. Operators are on call from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily through the deadline. The same number may be used to check on the status of applications or update contact information. Multilingual operators are available.
Myths and rumors discourage people from applying who may qualify for assistance. Some damage may show up after the application deadline and by then, it is too late to apply. Disaster assistance is not welfare or charity; this is tax money earmarked for disaster assistance. Assistance to one person does not affect payments to others.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) also has a deadline of Nov. 17 for homeowners, renters and businesses to return SBA applications. There is no obligation to accept a loan offer, but homeowners and renters who cannot afford a loan may be referred back to FEMA for possible additional grant assistance.
For information, contact SBA at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY 1-800-877-8339) Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Apply online at SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
Follow FEMA online at www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema, and www.youtube.com/fema. Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema. The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.
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.