FEMA Teams Canvass Storm-Impacted Communities in Indiana

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Release date: 
March 14, 2012
Release Number: 
4058-002

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Community relations specialists with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are going door to door to meet with Indiana residents affected by severe weather Feb. 29 to March 3, 2012.

All FEMA specialists display badges identifying them as federal representatives. If a badge is not visible, the resident should ask to see it.    

The community relations teams are in neighborhoods affected by severe storms, straight-line winds and tornadoes, providing information about available disaster assistance programs, including grants to help pay for temporary housing needs, minor home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses. In addition to meeting with residents, community relations teams visit with faith-based groups, community organizations, non-profit agencies and business owners.

When issues are identified, such as areas where there are language barriers or individuals with special needs, that information is shared with the appropriate specialists.

Homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the storms should register for assistance by calling the telephone registration line, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). For speech- or hearing-impaired applicants, the TTY number is 1-800-462-7585 and Video Relay Service may be accessed at 1-800-621-3362. Those lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

Registration is also possible in the following ways:

Federal disaster aid was made available on March 9 to the State of Indiana to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes during the period of Feb. 29 to March 3, 2012  in Clark, Jefferson, Ripley, Scott, Warrick and Washington counties.

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.

All FEMA specialists display badges identifying them as federal representatives. If a badge is not visible, the resident should ask to see it.    

The community relations teams are in neighborhoods affected by severe storms, straight-line winds and tornadoes, providing information about available disaster assistance programs, including grants to help pay for temporary housing needs, minor home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses. In addition to meeting with residents, community relations teams visit with faith-based groups, community organizations, non-profit agencies and business owners.

When issues are identified, such as areas where there are language barriers or individuals with special needs, that information is shared with the appropriate specialists.

Homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the storms should register for assistance by calling the telephone registration line, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). For speech- or hearing-impaired applicants, the TTY number is 1-800-462-7585 and Video Relay Service may be accessed at 1-800-621-3362. Those lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

Registration is also possible in the following ways:

Federal disaster aid was made available on March 9 to the State of Indiana to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, and torna...

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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