[r44] Rep. Thomas Urges Flood Victims to Apply for Assistance (8/4/2008)

Monday, August 4, 2008

Start Date: 8/4/2008 All Day
End Date: 8/4/2008

(STATEHOUSE) August 4, 2008 -  State Rep. Amos Thomas (R-Brazil) is encouraging all who were affected by the June flooding who have not yet applied for federal assistance to do so now, as the deadline for individual assistance is quickly approaching.  The last day to apply for federal assistance for flood damage through FEMA is August 11. 

All counties in House District 44, Parke, Putnam, Clay and Vigo, were designated for individual assistance. 

"Although the flood is over a month behind us, there are many in our area who are still feeling the effects of this tragedy," said Rep. Thomas.  "I do not want anyone in our area to go without the aid they need, but time is running out."

Those affected by the disaster must register with FEMA to be eligible for federal assistance. 

You may access the FEMA application at https://www.disasteraid.fema.gov/IAC/language.do?language=en or by calling 800-621-FEMA. 

You should have the following information ready when you apply:

  • Your Social Security number.
  • Current and pre-disaster address.
  • A telephone number where you can be contacted.
  • Insurance information.
  • Total household annual income
  • A routing and account number from your bank (only necessary if you want to have disaster assistance funds transferred directly into your bank account)
  • A description of your losses that were caused by the disaster.

FEMA may refer you to apply for an SBA loan. This is because to be eligible for FEMA assistance, you must file an SBA loan application. You may always choose to decline the loan. The deadline for applying for SBA loans is the same for filing for individual assistance: Aug. 11, 2008. You may apply for an SBA loan by calling 800-488-5223. 

If you have any additional questions regarding disaster aid and deadlines, visit www.in.gov/gov/3889.htm or contact Rep. Thomas through e-mail at h44@in.gov or by calling the Statehouse at 1-800-382-9841.

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