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March 30, 2012

Feds approve more than $1.5M in personal aid

FEMA outreach events are scheduled in the coming days

INDIANAPOLIS — More than $1.5 million in federal funding has been approved to 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, according to a press release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency

More than $1 million has been approved to fund expenses not covered by insurance or other programs, according to FEMA. Such expenses include temporary rental assistance, repair and replacement of essential household items and disaster-related medical, dental or funeral costs. FEMA reports 1,274 registrations have been received. Field inspectors are completing home inspections within 24 hours of registration, and 491 inspections have been completed.

The U.S. Small Business Administration reports $551,200 in low interest disaster loans have been approved to qualifying homeowners, renters, businesses and nonprofits.

Sellersburg Disaster Recovery Center

A Disaster Recovery Center at Ivy Tech College in Sellersburg will remain open as long as storm-impacted individuals continue to utilize its services. More than 550 Hoosiers have visited the center, where FEMA and SBA specialists assist with applications and answer questions. The center, which was opened through a FEMA-state partnership March 13, will continue operating Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., until further notice.

 

FEMA Mitigation community outreach events scheduled

FEMA specialists spoke with some 250 Hoosiers during community outreach events in building supply stores this week. Specialists are on hand to explain simple steps people can take at home to reduce damage during future storms.

Specialists are on hand through March 31 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and April 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lowe’s, 1350 Veterans Parkway, Clarksville.

Specialists will be on hand April 3-7 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Home Depot, 2239 State St., New Albany; and PC Lumber & Hardware, 150 Hunter Station Road, Sellersburg

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