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Winter flood victims have until July 5 to apply for FEMA disaster assistance

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Indiana residents and businesses recovering from losses and damage caused by the flooding that occurred Feb. 14 through March 4, 2018, in designated counties have three weeks left to register with FEMA for disaster assistance.

The deadline to apply is Thursday, July 5.

Homeowners and renters whose primary residence is in Porter, Lake, or LaPorte counties may apply for federal disaster assistance. Business owners in these counties may also apply for assistance.

FEMA assistance for homeowners and renters may include grants for rent, temporary housing and home repair to their primary residence, as well as other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses.

Keep in mind when applying for individual assistance that:

--The flood damage must have occurred at your primary residence.

--FEMA cannot pay for damage covered by insurance or duplicate benefits from another source.

--FEMA grants are meant for costs to return your home to a safe, sanitary, and functional place to live. Damage to non-essential space or property is not eligible under FEMA programs.

Survivors are encouraged to register with FEMA before the July 5 deadline. Register in one of the following ways:

--Go online at

--Call the FEMA Helpline at (800) 621-3362 for voice, 711 and Video Relay Service (VRS). If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and use a TTY, call (800) 462-7585. Information on the registration process is available in ASL at

The toll-free numbers are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.

Download the FEMA App to apply.

Folks may also be eligible for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. The SBA helps businesses, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. If survivors need help completing their loan application they should call SBA at (800) 659-2955 or email

Survivors are encouraged to apply online using SBAs electronic loan application at

Survivors may visit any open Disaster Recovery Center; find one at on the FEMA App or by calling the FEMA Helpline.

Survivors should also contact their insurance company and file an insurance claim. FEMA is unable to duplicate insurance payments. However, survivors who may be underinsured may still receive help after their insurance claims have been settled.

For more information on Indianas recovery, visit



Posted 6/18/2018





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