The Federal Emergency Management Agency has formally declared the storms that occurred over Labor Day weekend as Clay County's second disaster.
Clay County Emergency Management Director Gerri Husband encourages anyone who received damage to their residence or business from the 8 inches of rain that fell over the holiday weekend to contact the FEMA hotline to register for possible individual assistance.
By registering with FEMA Husband can get an idea of how many residents were affected by the second round of flooding in addition to the victims receiving financial aid to fix any damages the storms caused them.
FEMA can be contacted by calling their hotline at 800-621-3362.
Home and business owners who experience an overwhelming amount of flood related damage each year may want to look into a flood insurance policy. As of June 6, 2003 county residents are allowed to purchase flood insurance as part of the National Flood Insurance Program which is utilized by FEMA. The option of buying the insurance is to the utmost level covered by the policy's emergency phase and there is a 30-day waiting period for the policy to be activated.
"This program offers a win-win situation," Husband says.
The limit is $35,000 for a single family home and $10,000 for its contents. Commercial properties have a $100,000 limit. Renters can also use the insurance to protect their possessions via the contents coverage.
For more information about flood insurance contact Husband at 448-8400.