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How to apply for aid

Monday, September 8, 2003

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Bush's major disaster declaration issued for Indiana on Friday:

- Rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable.

- Grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance to make damaged dwellings safe, sanitary and functional.

- Grants to replace personal property and help meet medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other aid programs.

- Unemployment payments up to 26 weeks for workers who temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster and who do not qualify for state benefits.

- Low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance. Loans may be available up to $200,000 for primary residence, $40,000 for personal property, including renter losses, up to $1.5 million for business property losses not fully compensated by insurance.

- Loans up to $1.5 million for small businesses that have suffered disaster-related cash flow problems and need funds for working capital to recover from the disaster's adverse economic impact.

- Loans up to $500,000 for farmers, ranchers and aquaculture operators to cover production and property losses, excluding primary residence.

- Other relief programs: Crisis counseling for those traumatized by the disaster, income tax assistance for filing casualty losses; advisory assistance for legal, veterans benefits and social security matters.

How to apply:

Call (800) 621-FEMA (3362) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice. Applicants registering for federal aid should prepare basic information about themselves (name, address, phone number), insurance coverage and any other information to substantiate losses.

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