DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. -- Today (Nov. 17) is the last chance to call or go online to apply for federal disaster assistance.
Residents who suffered damage to their homes as a result of severe storms and flooding from July 19 to Aug. 7, 2010, can apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov, by phone at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or on their smart phone at m.fema.gov. TTY users should call 1 800-462-7585.
Operators are available from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. (EDT). Multilingual help is available.
More than 142,300 persons have applied for assistance. Disaster officials reminded residents that processing of applications for disaster assistance will continue after today’s deadline passes, but their applications must be “in the system” today.
Federal disaster assistance totaling more than $313.4 million has been approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency for Illinois residents so far, and the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, businesses and private nonprofit organizations totaling more than $52 million. Nov. 17 is also the deadline to return SBA loan 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.