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FEMA offers new avenues of assistance

Friday, August 1, 2003

FEMA has now introduced two new resources for flood victims, the Indiana Helpline and disaster assistance.

The Indiana Helpline is being put on by the Indiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters, a group of volunteer organizations across the state. The helpline's goal is to connect people with unmet needs to the resources they desire.

The Helpline can be contacted by calling 888-259-2683 or logging on at www.earss.com. There victims can specify exact requests and volunteer organizations can offer assistance.

Clay County has been declared eligible for disaster assistance to help local governments impacted by July's severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.

According to FEMA's Thomas J. Costello, federal coordinating officer the assistance was approved following a review of data gathered by federal and state disaster recovery officials.

Clay County government are eligible to apply for federal funds to pay 75 percent of the approved cost for debris removal, emergency services related to the disaster, and repairing or replacing damaged public facilities, such as roads, buildings and utilities.

Procedures for requesting the assistance will be explained at a series of applicant briefings for local officials at a location to be announced shortly by state and federal disaster officials.

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