There's Still Enough Time To Apply For Disaster Assistance

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Illinois residents and business owners living in Iroquois and Livingston counties have only two weeks left to apply for federal disaster assistance.

May 6 is the last day that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will accept telephone or on-line applications for Individual Assistance. Homeowners, renters and businesses also must submit loan applications for physical damage by that date to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for disaster-related losses to real and personal property. If they do not return the SBA applications, they may not be considered for further assistance.

Federal and state disaster recovery officials urge eligible residents affected by the Jan. 7 through March 14 storms and flooding to apply as soon as possible by calling the toll-free registration number at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Speech-or hearing-impaired applicants may call TTY 1-800-462-7585. Individuals also may register for disaster assistance at the FEMA Web site

Applicants who have questions about the disaster assistance programs or questions about the status of their previously filed applications should continue to use FEMA's toll-free Helpline at 1-800-621-3362. For SBA assistance, residents may call the SBA Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hearing-impaired).

To date, 1,255 Illinois residents have applied for disaster assistance. More than $8.8 million in disaster funds have been approved for individuals affected by the disaster. That includes more than $3.5 million in disaster loans from SBA.

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 terrorism.

Published on: 2008-04-22

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