Disaster Recovery Operations Launched

Disaster Recovery Centers
Business Recovery Centers
Disaster Recovery Operations Launched
Public Entity Assistance/Infrastructure Information

As disaster recovery operations continue throughout the state, individuals affected by the Feb. 14 – March 4 severe storms and flooding are encouraged to apply for federal assistance. Response teams representing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) continue to provide services and assessments for affected counties, offering in-person assistance to individuals and business owners who qualify for aid under the Major Disaster Declaration.

The registration deadline for FEMA and SBA aid is July 5, 2018.

Ways to register: DisasterAssistance.gov, the FEMA mobile app and the FEMA hotline: 800-621-3362. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service also may call the hotline. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. Multilingual operators are available. Telephone registration is available daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time.

Information required to apply for FEMA assistance: Social Security Number, damaged-property address, your current address, current phone number, insurance information, total household annual income, bank account information (for direct deposit) and a description of damage.

Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Northern and Southern Indiana

Disaster Recovery Centers have opened to help Indiana flood survivors.

St. Joseph County
Leighton Center
534 N. Michigan Street
South Bend, IN 46601
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET, seven days a week
Learn more: Press Release from 5/17/18

Elkhart County
608 Oakland Avenue
Elkhart, IN 46516
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET, seven days a week
Learn more: Press Release from 5/11/18

Clark County
Utica Town Hall
107 N. 4th Street
Utica, IN 47130
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET, seven days a week
Learn more: Press Release from 5/13/18

Survivors may locate open DRCs near them at www.fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362, (TTY) 800-462-7585. Helpline numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Additional DRCs will be opening in other parts of the state in the coming weeks. DRC information is also available on the FEMA app.
 

Business Recovery Centers

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the opening of a Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Elkhart, Indiana on May 21, to help businesses impacted by severe storms and flooding from Feb. 14 through March 4, 2018.

SBA representatives at the Center can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application. The Center is located as indicated below and will operate until further notice.

Elkhart County
Concord Fire Department
23625 CR 18
Elkhart, IN 46516
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed: Saturdays and Sundays
Closed: Monday, May 28, Memorial Day
Learn more: Press Release from 5/21/18
 

Disaster Recovery Operations Launched

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials on Monday initiated disaster recovery operations following the declaration by President Donald Trump that Indiana is now eligible for federal assistance due to historic flooding Feb. 14-March 4.

The Major Disaster Declaration identifies nine counties for Individual Assistance and 27 counties for Public Assistance. Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
 
Disaster Resource Centers will be available in northern Indiana counties hit hard by flooding as well as those impacted counties in the southern portion of the state. Once established, those locations can be found in the DRC Locator Tool.

“FEMA and IDHS have dispatched teams to explore all the affected counties in the declaration and begin moving residents in those areas toward recovery,” Rowe said. “Additional counties may be added to the order, but our focus for now will be getting Hoosiers the help they need to begin rebuilding and repairing what they lost during this Indiana disaster.”

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov/ 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 will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (EDT) seven days a week until further notice.

FEMA employees will be assigned to Indiana in the coming days, allowing local, state and federal officials to work closely together. These resources will help to identify individuals and government agencies that fall under the declaration parameters for assistance. The Small Business Association (SBA) also has dispatched a team to Indiana to help business owners recover.

Counties that qualify for Individual Assistance include: Carroll, Clark, Elkhart, Floyd, Harrison, Jefferson, Lake, Marshall and St. Joseph.
 
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 also is available to the State and to eligible tribal and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms and flooding in the counties of Benton, Clark, Crawford, Dearborn, Elkhart, Floyd, Fulton, Gibson, Harrison, Jasper, Jefferson, LaPorte, Marshall, Newton, Ohio, Perry, Porter, Spencer, St. Joseph, Starke, Switzerland, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Wabash, Warren, Warrick and White.

Public Entity Assistance/Infrastructure Information

The Public Assistance/Infrastructure program currently is authorized in the following counties: Benton, Clark, Crawford, Dearborn, Elkhart, Floyd, Fulton, Gibson, Harrison, Jasper, Jefferson, LaPorte, Marshall, Newton, Ohio, Perry, Porter, Spencer, St. Joseph, Starke, Switzerland, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Wabash, Warren, Warrick and White. Eligible applicants include:

  • State, territorial, and federally recognized Indiana Tribal governments
  • County, city, town and township governments
  • School districts
  • Community development or conservancy districts
  • Essential, Private Not-for-profit Organizations (such as: education, medical, utility and emergency services)

The Public Assistance/Infrastructure Program is a cost-share program. FEMA will reimburse approved applicants for 75 percent of eligible damages costs.

All applications must be submitted no later than June 1, 2018.

Individuals in Need of Assistance:

At this time, nine counties qualify for Individual Assistance. These counties include Carroll, Clark, Elkhart, Floyd, Harrison, Jefferson, Lake, Marshall and St. Joseph.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov/ 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 will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (EDT) seven days a week until further notice.