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Recipients of FEMA Housing Assistance Must Recertify Eligibility

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 14:27

LINCROFT, N.J. -- Recertification is a standard process that FEMA uses to identify households who qualify for continued temporary housing assistance.

The recertification process applies if the applicant either received financial assistance (rental funds) to rent an alternative place to live, or if the applicant received a FEMA-provided temporary housing unit.

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FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams Blanket Illinois’ Storm-Damaged Areas

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 11:53

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.—Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Survivor Assistance crews, or DSA crews, are now canvassing areas affected by the Nov. 17 Illinois tornadoes to provide information, identify immediate needs, give survivors an opportunity to register for disaster assistance, answer questions related to an individual’s FEMA application status, and provide referrals to other governmental and nongovernmental assistance providers.

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Myth vs. Fact: The Truth about Registering for Federal Disaster Assistance

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 14:12

Springfield, Ill. – In the aftermath of a disaster, misconceptions about disaster assistance can often prevent survivors from applying for help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration. A good rule of thumb: register, even if you’re unsure whether you’ll be eligible for assistance.

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FEMA Says File Insurance Claims Before Calling Agency

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 12:54

SPRINGFIELD, IL -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends that survivors with homeowner’s insurance affected by the Nov. 17 Illinois tornadoes file a claim with their insurance company and then register for federal disaster assistance.

Once Illinois residents have filed their insurance claim and registered for assistance, it’s important to be aware of the next steps in the process:

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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in East Peoria, Brookport

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 19:24

SPRINGFIELD, IL -- Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will be opening Friday, December 6, 2013 to serve people who were affected by the recent severe storms, straight-line winds and tornadoes.

DRC services include help with applying for disaster assistance and finding out about other disaster programs available from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), state and local agencies, and voluntary organizations. Residents must apply with FEMA even if they already provided damage information to local officials, other agencies or organizations.

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