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2009-08-18 04:00 - News Release

MARION, Ill. -- Friday, Aug. 21 is the final day for local officials in Hamilton and Union counties to submit requests for federal public assistance (infrastructure) for damages from May's severe storms, flooding and tornadoes.

2009-08-17 04:00 - News Release

MARION, Ill. -- Welcome to FEMA for Kids, the Web site that is fun…and more. Underneath all the games, stories and puzzles is good information that makes kids and their families better prepared in the event of a disaster. Even parents and teachers can get great curriculum or safety information to use in the classroom or at home. Activities geared toward youth of all ages are included, and trainers can download safety fact sheets.

2009-08-11 04:00 - News Release

MARION, Ill. -- Volunteer hours, equipment and materials donated to southern Illinois after the May 8 storm may mean more money in local coffers. During the May 8 storm, while local and state officials concentrated on emergency protective measures and life safety, they were challenged with the amount of downed trees and other debris blocking roads and their communities' paths to recovery. Power was out and people needed to eat. Hundreds of volunteers from faith-based groups, community organizations and private companies quickly showed up to help.

2009-08-04 04:00 - News Release

MARION, Ill. -- Quality documentation is a must in today's world, especially for local community officials tracking millions of dollars in damage and disaster clean-up costs from the May 8 storm.

2009-07-27 04:00 - News Release

MARION, Ill. -- State and local agencies and certain private non-profit organizations in some southern Illinois counties have very little time left to apply for federal disaster assistance.

2009-07-22 04:00 - News Release

MARION, Ill. -- Hamilton and Union counties were designated eligible for federal Public Assistance (PA) today. That brings the total number of counties to eight, according to officials from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The July 2, 2009 major disaster declaration covers disaster-related infrastructure costs caused by the severe storm, tornadoes and flooding that occurred May 8 and 9. It provides federal reimbursement to state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations.  

2009-07-09 04:00 - News Release

MARION, Ill. -- State disaster officials will hold three briefings to help representatives from state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations in six Illinois counties apply for federal disaster assistance in the wake of May's severe storms.

2009-07-02 04:00 - News Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for Illinois to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes during the period of May 8-9, 2009.

2009-07-02 04:00 - News Release

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's major disaster declaration issued for Illinois. Assistance for the State and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required: