More than $650,000 in federal disaster assistance funding has been approved since March 9 when the president issued a major disaster declaration for Indiana. Assistance was made available to augment state and local recovery efforts after severe storms, straight-line winds and tornadoes caused extensive damage Feb. 29 to March 3 in Clark, Jefferson, Ripley, Scott, Warrick and Washington counties.
As of close of business on Thursday, March 15, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials report that 841 registrations have been received. FEMA field inspectors are completing home inspections within 24 hours of registration and 284 inspections have been completed. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reports that 644 disaster loan applications have been issued.
On Tuesday, March 13, federal and state officials opened a Disaster Recovery Center DRC at Ivy Tech campus in Sellersburg. FEMA and SBA specialists are on hand there to assist storm-impacted individuals from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, until further notice.
The FEMA-state partnership further supported disaster survivors this week, operating traveling disaster recovery assistance. Traveling staff and services were offered all day Wednesday, March 14 at the Holton Community Center in Holton. Staff and services are available until 8 p.m. today, Friday, March 16, at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, 210 E. Timber Blvd. in New Pekin.
Residents should apply online or by phone before meeting with specialists for assistance. Registrants will receive a nine-digit number from FEMA, verifying their application is complete.
Filing damage reports with local and county officials or voluntary agencies will not start the federal disaster assistance process.
FEMA's Individual Assistance program helps with expenses not covered by insurance or other programs, including temporary rental assistance, damage repairs and replacement of essential household items and disaster-related medical, dental or funeral costs.
The SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Applicants are encouraged to meet face-to-face with SBA customer service representatives who can answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the process, issue applications and help individuals complete their applications.
One easy way to apply is to call the telephone registration line, (800) 621-FEMA (3362). For speech-or hearing-impaired applicants, the TTY number is (800) 462-7585 and Video Relay Service may be accessed at (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
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.