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FEMA continuing flood relief effort

Friday, August 22, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) continue to assist Hoosiers in the recovery effort following the June floods.

As of Aug. 18, a total of $111,940,922 in disaster recovery grants and loans have been approved for Indiana disaster victims. To date, $51,678,932 of the approved disaster recovery grants have been disbursed.

Of the total amount of approved recovery grants and loans to Indiana disaster victims:

* Housing Assistance (HA) grants total $43,600,224,

* Other Needs Assistance (ONA) grants total $8,628,398, and

* The United States Small Business Administration has approved $59,712,300 in home loans.

Following the floods, 40 Indiana counties were designated as disaster areas. To date, 17,584 people have called the toll-free FEMA Helpline Number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 to apply for disaster assistance.

In addition, 14,961 inspections have been completed while 11,898 people have visited official Disaster Recovery Centers in Indianapolis, Columbus, Terre Haute, Martinsville and Franklin.

FEMA is also looking for individuals and families who continue to have disaster-related housing needs.

Those who are still out of their home or living in unsafe conditions because of the storms that hit between May 30 and June 27 are asked to call the FEMA Helpline and tell the operator that they live in Indiana and have disaster housing needs. Calls need to be made within the next 30 days.

FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to and recovering from all domestic disaster, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.

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