INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Six weeks after a string of unseasonal storms impacted Clark, Jefferson, Ripley, Scott, Warrick and Washington counties, federal assistance continues for Indiana families and communities.
Since a disaster was declared on March 9, more than $2 million in federal funding has been approved for homeowners, renters and business owners.
As of close of business April 12, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials report
$1,285,849 has been approved to fund expenses not covered by insurance or other programs. Such expenses include temporary rental assistance, repair and replacement of essential household items and disaster-related medical, dental or funeral costs. FEMA reports 1,389 registrations have been received. Homes are being inspected within 36 hours of registration, and 568 inspections have been completed.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reports $1,296,900 in low-interest disaster loans have been approved to homeowners, renters, businesses and non-profits. The agency has issued 858 home loan applications and 183 business loan applications.
Homeowners are welcome to return SBA low-interest disaster loan applications to the Business Recovery
Center in Scottsburg. The center, which will continue operating Monday through Friday,
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., until further notice, is located at:
Scott County Economic Development Corporation
821 South Lake Road South
Scottsburg, Ind. 47170
FEMA toll-free help line assistance continues after recovery center closes.
More than 767 Hoosiers have met with specialists at the disaster recovery center on the Ivy Tech College campus in Sellersburg since FEMA and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) opened it on March 13.
After the center permanently closes at 6 p.m. on Friday, Hoosiers will still be able to receive individualized disaster recovery assistance through FEMA's toll-free help line. The number is (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. These lines, through which Hoosiers may also complete or verify their FEMA registration, are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
FEMA Mitigation community outreach events schedule
FEMA specialists have so far met individually with 1,500 Indiana residents about simple steps to reduce future storm damage. Specialists have counseled individuals at the Sellersburg recovery center and during community outreach events held in building supply stores. Events were held this week at stores in Madison and Evansville. Specialists will continue meeting with Indiana residents through next week in Evansville, Lawrenceburg Salem, and Scottsburg. For event locations and times, visit: www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=62016.
Smart Rebuilding Forum set for 1 p.m. Saturday
FEMA Hazard Performance Analysis Specialist and Building Science Engineer Lee Traeger will discuss ways to reduce future storm damage on Saturday during a free Smart Rebuilding Forum in Henryville.
The forum will be held Saturday, April 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. at:
Henryville Community Church
115 Lake St.
Henryville, Ind. 47126
Public Assistance for infrastructure recovery in five counties
FEMA Public Assistance Coordinators discussed damage, needs and recovery plans with Public Assistance applicants during kick-off meetings this week in Clark and Scott counties. Twenty-seven kick-off meet...