Clay County is one of 29 counties in Indiana declared by President George W. Bush as disaster areas, which means federal funding will be available to supplement local recovery efforts.
"There is a lot of damage in the county, and we are working with federal authorities to assess all of it," Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband told The Brazil Times. "The more residents who report damage, the better it is for flood victims in the county to receive assistance if it is later designated."
Although the federal approval does not currently include individual and public assistance, Husband said flood damage should be reported for the county to have an accurate assessment.
Federal funding, when it is issued, will also be available to the counties of Bartholomew, Boone, Brown, Daviess, Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, Greene, Henry, Jackson, Jennings, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Madison, Morgan, Monroe, Ohio, Owen, Ripley, Randolph, Rush, Shelby, Sullivan, Union, Vermillion, Vigo and Wayne for emergency protective measures.
The funds are granted for immediate emergency protective measures from FEMA, including water, food, power generators, medical supplies, cots and housing assistance.
A one-page Flood Damage Questionnaire can be picked up at Husband's office, located in the Clay County Justice Center, 611 East Jackson St., and at the Brazil City Police Department.
To accommodate busy schedules of local residents, people can request a questionnaire by contacting Husband at his e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
"I have e-mailed quite a few forms, and will send one to anyone who wants one," he said. "They can print it out at home, fill in the information and return it to my office. We will need to get the information as soon as possible."
For more information, contact Husband at 446-2535 Ext. 156.