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FEMA Region VII News

30 October 2020

  • More than $28 million approved for derecho survivors in Iowa
    More than $28 million approved for derecho survivors in Iowa

    Less than one week left to register for FEMA assistance

    DES MOINES, Iowa– Survivors of the August 10 derecho have less than a week to register for disaster assistance with FEMA and apply for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loan.

    So far, more than $28 million in federal assistance has been approved for Iowans in Benton, Boone, Cedar, Clinton, Jasper, Linn, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story and Tama counties.

    FEMA has approved more than $9.7 million in Individual Assistance grants for more than 2,640 households. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than $19 million in disaster loans for homeowners, renters, and small businesses. 

    Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. CST Monday, November 2, 2020, to be considered for assistance.

    Registration and disaster information is still available by calling the FEMA helpline, going online or using the FEMA mobile app, in the following ways:

    • Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov.
    • Call 800-621-3362(TTY: 800-462-7585) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Central Time, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.
    • Download the FEMA Mobile App for smartphones.

    The end of the registration period does not mean FEMA is leaving. The Agency will continue working with the State of Iowato help survivors and communities in their long-term rebuilding and recovery efforts.

    Once you’ve registered, it’s important to stay in touch with FEMA to track your application or to notify the agency of changes to your mailing or email addresses or phone numbers, and to report insurance settlements, ongoing unmet needs or additional damage you may have discovered.

    FEMA staff may contact you for various reasons, including to discuss your case or request additional information. Answer those phone calls to make sure your application process continues.

    If you are in any doubt when receiving a call from someone stating they work for FEMA, do not give out any information, but call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. CST to verify the call is legitimate.

    When Iowans register with FEMA, they may be referred to the SBA. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. This assistance helps with uncompensated repairs or rebuilding efforts and the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property.

    To apply for a low-interest disaster loan before the Nov. 2 deadline, complete an online application at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/. To reach an SBA Customer Service Representative directly call 800-659-2955. Email questions to FOCWAssistance@sba.gov.   For more information, visit sba.gov/disaster.

    thomas.wise Wed, 10/28/2020 - 17:21
  • Disaster Recovery Center in Davenport to Close October 16
    Disaster Recovery Center in Davenport to Close October 16

    Help is still available for derecho survivors

    DES MOINES, Iowa– The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will close in Davenport on Friday, October 16 at 6 p.m. However, help for survivors of the August derecho is just a phone call, a mouse click or a tap away on the FEMA app.

    The DRC is at the Annie Wittenmyer Family Aquatic Center located at:

    2828 Eastern Ave.

    Davenport, IA 52803

    (At the corner of East 29th St. and Eastern Ave.)

    Survivors do not have to visit a DRC to register or submit documents to FEMA. 

    Applicants may register in the following ways:

    • Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov.
    • Download the FEMA Mobile App for smartphones.
    • Call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Central Time, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.

    Documents also may be submitted in any of the following ways:

    • Mail to FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program, National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055. 
    • Fax to 800-827-8112.
    • Submit them via a FEMA online account. To set up an online account,  visit DisasterAssistance.gov, click on “Check Status” and follow the directions.

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers federal low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. Apply at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov. People may also call 800-659-2955 or email FOCWAssistance@sba.gov. Deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals who use TTY may call 800-877-8339.

    Survivors in Benton, Boone, Cedar, Clinton, Jasper, Linn, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story and Tama, counties have until November 2to register for disaster assistance.

    thomas.wise Thu, 10/15/2020 - 18:17
  • Registration Deadline Extended 14 Days for Iowa Survivors
    Registration Deadline Extended 14 Days for Iowa Survivors

    DES MOINES, Iowa– Survivors from the Iowa August 10 derecho have more time to register for Federal assistance. The deadline for survivors has been extended through Monday, November 2.

    FEMA has approved more than $8.5 million in Individual Assistance grants for 2,278 households. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than $14 million in disaster loans for homeowners, renters, and small businesses. 

    Assistance provided by FEMA for homeowners can include grants for repairs to make their primary home habitable. Rental assistance is available to pay for temporary housing for homeowners and renters. Lodging expense reimbursement may be available to eligible households who may have stayed in a hotel for a short period of time.

    First, if you haven’t already done so, contact your insurance company and file a claim for the disaster-caused damage you’ve suffered.  You don’t have to wait for FEMA to start cleaning up.  Be sure to take photographs or video of the damage, and keep all receipts for repair work.

    If you have losses not covered by insurance, contact FEMA by either going online to DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling the helpline at 800-621-3362.

    Applicants will need the following to apply:

    • Address of the damaged property
    • Description of disaster-caused damage and losses
    • Current mailing address
    • Current telephone number
    • Social Security number of one member of the household
    • Insurance information
    • Total household annual income
    • Bank account routing and account number for direct deposit
    • Save your FEMA registration number, also known as FEMA ID number.
    • Check your DisasterAssistance.gov account for updates.

    This is for residents of the Iowa counties of Benton, Boone, Cedar, Clinton, Jasper, Linn, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story and Tama.

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers federal low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. Apply at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov. People may also call 800-659-2955 or email FOCWAssistance@sba.gov. Deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals who use TTY may call 800-877-8339.

    thomas.wise Thu, 10/08/2020 - 15:15

Missouri Public Safety News

30 October 2020

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