DENVER, Co. -- Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Colorado Division of Emergency Management (CDEM) want to remind residents of Weld and Larimer counties that there is still time to register for disaster assistance. There are several programs available to help people recover from the severe storms and tornadoes on May 22, but time is running out.
The Disaster Unemployment Assistance deadline is June 27. The program provides temporary income to individuals whose employment has been lost or interrupted as the direct result of a major disaster, or prevented people from performing customary activities related to their employment. Anyone who thinks he or she may be eligible is encouraged to contact the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment at 1-800-388-5515 (outside the Denver Metro area), 303-318-9000 (within the Denver Metro area), or online at www.coworkforce.com.
July 25, 2008, is the last day applications will be accepted for FEMA Individual Assistance and U.S. Small Business Administration loans (SBA) for homeowners or renters to repair or replace damaged real estate or personal property. This deadline is for new disaster applications. For those who have already applied, their cases will continue to be processed.
The Disaster Recovery Center at Windsor High School 1100 W. Main St., continues to provide information and answer questions. Representatives from FEMA, SBA, the United Way, the Colorado Department of Health, the Weld County Housing Authority, the Colorado Division of Housing, and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment are available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The Colorado Division of Insurance is also available Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon, and Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Federal and state disaster recovery officials urge those who have not applied to do so as soon as possible by calling the toll-free application number at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585 for the speech or hearing impaired. The lines are staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Individuals may also register for disaster assistance at the FEMA website www.fema.gov.
Here is a summary of disaster recovery activities to date:
More than 1.1 million in disaster grants and low-interest loans has been approved for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damages resulting from the severe storms and tornadoes May 22.
Grants totaling $249,357 have been approved by FEMA to 105 individuals and households for home repairs, temporary housing, and other disaster related needs.
1340 Larimer and Weld county residents have applied for disaster assistance by calling FEMA.
Individuals and families have received more than $131,614 in Other Needs Assistance to help meet essential disaster-related needs such as medical expenses, transportation and personal property not covered by insurance or other aid programs.
Low-interest disaster loans totaling $898,400 have been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help homeowners and renters, businesses of all sizes, and private, nonprofit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts, and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other sources and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.
The Disaster Recovery Centers have had 908 total visits since opening on May 27.
Community Relations Specialists representing the state and FEMA have contacte...