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.
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.
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 fema.gov/media
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
encouraged to apply online using SBAs electronic loan application at
Survivors may visit
any open Disaster Recovery Center; find one at
www.fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers on the FEMA App or by calling the
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
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