FEMA Approves Individual Disaster Assistance

September 07, 2007
J. McLellan 267-2542 mclellan@co.dane.wi.us
Emergency Management

PRESS RELEASE 9/7/07 Issuing Department: Emergency Management For more information contact: J. McLellan, Dept. of Emergency Management 608/267-2542 Individual Assistance Reference #090707-#1 Available at: www.co.dane.wi.us FEMA Approves Individual Disaster Assistance Wisconsin Emergency Management announced Thursday that Dane County residents and businesses were eligible for federal disaster assistance. Dane County is one of nine (9) counties added to the original Federal Declaration of Disaster (#1719 - http://www.fema.gov/news/disasters.fema). Dane County home owners, renters, and business owners who suffered flood damage due to the storms August 18-19, 2007 are now eligible to apply for federal assistance. Tuesday, September 12, representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the federal Small Business Administration (SBA), the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) will open an office to provide information and help with federal assistance applications. The location of this office will be announced on Monday, September 11. Residents who wish to apply for federal assistance must start the DISASTER ASSISTANCE PROCESS by registering with FEMA either online at www.fema.gov (click on “Disaster Assistance” link on the right side of web page) or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). To register, persons should be prepared to provide the following information: · zip code of the affected property, · date damage was sustained, · personal information including social security number and contact information, · the amount of their gross income, · insurance information, · directions to the property, · a pen and paper. If registering by telephone, the process can be expected to take 20 – 30 minutes. Whether registering online or over the telephone, be prepared to record a FEMA Application number. Within approximately ten (10) days of registering for federal assistance, an inspector will make contact to schedule an inspection. Residents are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to read FEMA’s Applicant’s Guide before starting the DISASTER ASSISTANCE PROCESS. The guide provides an overview of the process and information they need to have ready to apply for federal disaster assistance. The guide can be found on FEMA’s web site. All Dane County home owners, renters, and business owners who suffered flood damage from the August 18-19 storms are eligible to apply whether or not they reported their damages to their local municipalities. ###