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2003-06-09 04:00 - News Release

Springfield, IL -- The Disaster Recovery Centers operating in Metropolis and South Pekin will close at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 11. For those affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred May 6 through May 11 who still have questions about assistance or low-interest disaster loans, help is just a phone call away. Operators at the toll-free number -- 1-800-621-FEMA -- are available from 8.a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday to help with many of the questions that were brought to the recovery centers.

2003-06-03 04:00 - News Release

Springfield, IL -- Tornado and severe storm victims in disaster-declared Illinois counties do not need to be concerned that their applications for assistance will reduce the amounts available for their neighbors. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), and voluntary organizations are providing a wide range of programs and services for those affected by the devastating weather of May 6 through May 11. Over 600 Illinois residents have already applied for disaster assistance.

2003-06-02 04:00 - News Release

Springfield, IL -- A total of $2,034,620 in grants and low-interest disaster loans has been approved for disaster assistance in Illinois since the Presidential declaration of May 15, according to figures released today by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA).

2003-05-30 04:00 - News Release

Springfield, IL -- Victims of May's severe weather who receive a loan application from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) should take the time to fill it out - even if they don't want a loan, urged disaster recovery officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). Many of the people who call the toll-free number - 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) - and apply for assistance will receive a SBA loan application within seven to ten days of making the call.

2003-05-29 04:00 - News Release

Springfield, IL -- In the first few weeks following a disaster, residents may be misled by half-truths and rumors they hear about how to get help and the various assistance programs that are available. When you have suffered a loss, the last thing you need is misinformation. According to state and federal disaster recovery officials, the best way to avoid that problem is to call and find out for yourself just what kind of assistance is available to you.

2003-05-27 04:00 - News Release

Springfield, IL -- State, federal, local and voluntary agencies continue to assist Illinois residents affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred May 6 through May 11. To date, $1,296,430 in disaster recovery grants and disaster loans has been approved to help in the recovery process, according to reports from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The following is an update of recovery activities as of close of business Monday, May 26:

2003-05-23 04:00 - News Release

Springfield, IL -- Although banks, post offices and most federal and state agencies will be closed Monday to celebrate Memorial Day, disaster recovery specialists will still be on duty. Illinois residents affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding can apply for assistance simply by picking up the phone and placing a call.

2003-05-23 04:00 - News Release

Springfield, IL -- Community Relations specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are working with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and county emergency management directors to reach out to people affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred May 6 through May 11. Eligible counties include Adams, Alexander, Brown, Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Mason, Massac, McDonough, Pike, Pope, Pulaski, Schuyler, Tazewell and Woodford.

2003-05-19 04:00 - News Release

Springfield, IL -- A toll-free application telephone number is now operational for those who suffered property damage or loss in the declared counties affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding occurring May 6 through 11.

2003-05-19 04:00 - News Release

Springfield, IL -- Three Disaster Recovery Centers will open on Thursday, May 22 to serve Illinois victims of the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred May 6 through May 11, announced officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA).