CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Two weeks after the severe winter storm and flooding in Lyon County, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved more than $1.5 million in federal assistance to residents affected by the disaster.
Two-week review by the numbers:
- 284 have registered for state and federal disaster assistance;
- 163 FEMA assistance grants have been approved;
- $1,579,184 has been approved by FEMA for residents affected by the disaster;
- 257 people have visited FEMA's Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at the Fernley City Hall Council Chambers seeking assistance;
- 350 residents in the disaster area have met with FEMA's Community Relations Specialists (CR);
- 12 faith-based groups have been visited by CR;
- 39 businesses (2 Hispanic) received disaster assistance information;
- 5 large employers reported to CR that 24 employees were affected by the disaster;
- 4 community organizations were provided disaster assistance information. The Fernley Chamber of Commerce distributed FEMA information by email to all of their members;
- 4 faith-based organizations (2 Hispanic) were provided disaster materials and contact numbers of bilingual CR specialists;
- 8 social service organizations have been visited by CR;
- 4 schools in Fernley were visited by CR;
- 3,370 Fernley elementary, intermediate and high school students and staff received FEMA information;
- 60 families received information at the Fernley Intermediate School distribution event; and
- 22 local government administrators, elected officials and emergency managers and planners continue to meet daily or weekly with CR.
To register for assistance, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 1-800-462-7585 or online at www.fema.gov.
CR will continue to provide FEMA information to local government, area businesses, community organizations, social service agencies, faith-based groups and voluntary agencies.
SBA encourages residents and business owners who have received an application to turn it in. The SBA application is a key information-gathering tool and must be completed and turned in to be considered for a low-interest loan to pay for repair or replacement costs not fully covered by insurance or other compensation. Residents can get more information by calling SBA at 1-800-629-2955 or online at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.