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Colorado Tornado Recovery Update

Release date: 
June 13, 2008
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DENVER, Colo. -- Almost three weeks since a presidential disaster declaration was signed for Colorado on May 26, more than $767,000 in grants, housing assistance, and low-interest disaster loans has been approved to assist residents who suffered damages from severe storms and tornadoes, according to disaster recovery officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Colorado Division of Emergency Management (CDEM).

Federal, state, local, voluntary, and faith-based agencies are working in partnership to help residents of Larimer and Weld counties who were impacted by the May 22 severe storms and tornadoes through the disaster recovery process. Often, an individual's long term recovery includes a combination of these federal, state, local and voluntary agency recovery programs. The following is an update:

  • 1,259 individuals from the disaster-declared counties have applied for federal disaster assistance.
  • $113,842 has been provided for housing assistance.
  • $88,061 has been approved for Other Needs Assistance, which may include grants for medical, personal property, transportation and other eligible expenses.
  • 15 applications for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest home and business disaster loans have been approved, totaling $565,200.
  • 779 total visits have been made to the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) throughout the affected areas.
  • 434 housing inspections to verify applicant losses have been completed, with most inspections being completed within two days of initial registration.
  • The Disaster Recovery Center in Windsor continues to operate from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Representatives from FEMA, the SBA, state and local housing agencies, the United Way, and other volunteer agencies are there to provide information and referrals for disaster assistance. The center is located at:

    Windsor High School Gymnasium
    1100 W. Main St.
    Windsor, CO 80550

In its federal coordination role since the May 22 severe storms and tornadoes, FEMA has:

  • Deployed two Mobile Emergency Response Support units (MERS) to assist with communications during the initial response.
  • Worked closely with local, state and federal partners to conduct joint Preliminary Damage Assessments in affected areas.
  • Provided a FEMA liaison in the Community Recreation Center.
  • Sent Community Relations Specialists to canvass communities, distribute information, and inform the public how to apply for disaster assistance.
  • Established a Joint Field Office where federal, state and local agencies can coordinate their recovery efforts.
  • Met with state and local leaders to discuss potential community long term recovery projects.
  • Deployed a Technical Assistance Advisor for Long Term Community Recovery to coordinate community recovery with state and local leaders.
  • Deployed a Volunteer Agency Liaison to coordinate recovery efforts with volunteer agencies.

How to Apply for Assistance:

  • Larimer and Weld county residents and business owners can begin the disaster application process by registering online at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers are available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Applicants registering for aid should be prepared to provide basic information about themselves (name, permanent address, phone number), insurance coverage and any other information to help substantiate losses.

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Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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