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March 9-Updated Information on Tornado Confirmed Near Holton

 

FEDERAL STORM AID TOPS $3.7M AS REGISTRATION DEADLINE APPROACHES

 

INDIANAPOLIS – As the May 8 deadline to apply for federal disaster assistance quickly approaches, aid continues for Indiana residents and communities affected by severe storms that occurred from Feb. 29 through March 3 in Clark, Jefferson, Ripley, Scott, Warrick and Washington counties.

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports that, as of May 3, $1,504,212 has been approved to fund expenses not covered by insurance or other programs. Such expenses include temporary rental assistance, repair and replacement of essential household items and disaster-related medical, dental or funeral costs. FEMA reports 1,447 registrations have been received. Homes are being inspected within 37 hours of registration, and 639 inspections have been completed.

 

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reports $2,227,700 have been approved for homeowners, renters, businesses and non-profits. Forty-five loans have been approved thus far, and more approvals are anticipated.

 

May 8 is the last day to register for FEMA Individual Assistance.

The first step for homeowners, renters and business owners to obtain federal disaster assistance is to register with FEMA. One easy way to apply is to call the toll-free telephone registration number, (800) 621-FEMA (3362). This number is also a help line individuals may call to ask questions and verify their registration. For speech-or hearing-impaired applicants, the TTY number is (800) 462-7585 and Video Relay Service may be accessed at (800) 621-3362. These lines will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week through Tuesday.

Registration is also possible in the following ways:

· Online at www.fema.gov or www.DisasterAssistance.gov; and

· by smart phone or tablet at m.fema.gov.

 

Residents of Clark, Jefferson, Ripley, Scott, Warrick and Washington counties whose septic systems were damaged or destroyed by severe storms that occurred Feb. 29 through March 3 could be eligible for federal funding to repair or replace the systems.  Info 

 

On Friday, April 6 members of the Holton Fire Department completed their NIMS required on-line training using computers in the Ripley County Emergency Operations Center.  Responders can contact EMA to schedule this room. It will be available after hours or on weekends if needed. NIMS compliance is a grant requirement.
 

More than $2 million in federal funding has been approved for homeowners, renters and business owners since the president issued a major disaster declaration for Indiana. Individual Assistance was made available March 9 to augment state and local recovery efforts after severe storms, straight-line winds and tornadoes caused extensive damage Feb. 29 to March 3 in Clark, Jefferson, Ripley, Scott, Warrick and Washington counties.

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) remind Hoosiers individualized disaster recovery help will still be available through FEMA’s toll-free help line after the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Sellersburg closes at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 13.   Storm-impacted residents will still be able to talk with FEMA representatives after April 13 by calling (800) 621-FEMA (3362). For speech-or hearing-impaired applicants, the TTY number is (800) 462-7585 and Video Relay Service may be accessed at (800) 621-3362. These lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

 

FEMA Mitigation Specialists offer Free Information and
Answer Questions about Rebuilding

 

FEMA Disaster Assistance Information

 

Farms in the area that have incurred damage from the March 2nd tornado should report the damage to the Farm Service Agency Office in their respective county, according to Steve Thurnall of the Ripley County Farm Service Agency Office. Information to submit includes type, size, and number of livestock lost, number of acres that will need debris removal from cropland, and length and location of any permanent livestock fences that will need extensive repair or replacement.  The Farm Service Agency sometimes has funds available through the Emergency Conservation Program to cost-share on the expenses of these activities.  Also, to assist other government agencies in assessing the total damage, please submit information of damage to other farm related structures such as barns, grain bins, and any farm equipment damaged.  USDA does not have any type of program available for these losses, but again will help assess the overall losses that resulted from the tornado.  Ripley county farmers should call the Ripley Co. FSA at 812-689-6410, ext. 2

 

February 29, 2012 to March 3, 2012 FEMA Disaster Assistance Information

 

Release Date:  September 13, 2011  SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Indiana Residents Affected by the April and June 2011 Severe Storms, Hail, Tornadoes and Flooding  Fact Sheet    DisasterLoansAvailable.pdf

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