INDIANAPOLIS (September 26, 2008 ) -- Governor Mitch Daniels has just received word that President George W. Bush has approved Harrison, Jefferson and Jennings counties for federal assistance for homeowners, renters and businesses damaged by severe weather that began September 12.
That brings to six the number of Indiana counties that have been designated for federal assistance. Lake, LaPorte and Porter counties received approval for federal individual assistance on September 23.
The state will identify locations for disaster assistance centers in the counties, and the governor will ask the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to allow emergency food stamp distribution for storm victims. More information will be available early next week.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
Residents and business owners who sustained losses in those counties can begin applying for FEMA assistance immediately by registering online at http://www.fema.gov/assistance or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers are available 24 hours a day.
Additional counties may also be added as part of the major disaster determination as damage assessments are completed. Other counties that have suffered severe damage include Clark, Crawford, Dearborn, Floyd, Jasper, Martin, Newton, Perry, Scott, Spencer and Switzerland.
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