A total of 1,632 people have contacted FEMA for help or information
regarding disaster assistance.
In addition to FEMA grants for individuals and families, other
forms of disaster assistance are provided by partner agencies such
as the U.S. Small Business Administration, the American Red Cross
and Salvation Army. FEMA often refers survivors to those agencies.
Businesses are also referred to the SBA. Other callers may be
interested in non-FEMA programs such as disaster unemployment
assistance, the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
or legal aid.
The following is a snapshot of the
disaster recovery effort as of Dec. 10:
approved for FEMA grants that assist with temporary rentals and
personal property loss.
for housing grants, including short-term rental assistance and
home repair costs.
to cover other essential disaster-related needs such as medical
and dental expenses and lost personal possessions.
226 visits to
disaster recovery centers by people affected by the disaster.
3 disaster recovery centers currently
No matter the degree of loss or insurance coverage, survivors are
urged to apply for help. They can use any of the following methods:
By phone, call 800-621-FEMA (3362) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Assistance is available in most languages. People who are deaf or
hard of hearing may call TTY 800-462-7585.
Online, go to
By tablet or smartphone, use the FEMA app or go to
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Storm survivors who register with FEMA and are referred to the
Small Business Administration will be contacted with options on how
to apply for a low-interest disaster loan. After being contacted by
SBA, survivors should complete and submit an application even if
they do not plan to accept a loan. It is part of the FEMA grant
process and can pave the way for additional disaster assistance. SBA
disaster loans are available with interest rates as low as 2.25
percent and terms up to 30 years.
Complete an online application at
With questions, call the SBA customer service center at
800-659-2955. People who are deaf or hard of hearing and use a TTY
can call 800-877-8339. For more information, visit
For the latest information on Illinois' recovery from the Nov. 17
storms, visit www.fema.gov/Disaster/4157. Follow FEMA online at
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FEMA's mission is to support citizens and first responders to
ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and
improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to,
recover from and mitigate all hazards. Disaster recovery assistance
is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality,
sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you
or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA
toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). By TTY, call 800-462-7585.
The Small Business Administration is the federal government's
primary source of funding for the long-term rebuilding of
disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters,
businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations fund
repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost
or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover
uninsured and uncompensated losses and do not duplicate benefits of
other agencies or organizations. For information about SBA programs,
applicants may call 800-659-2955 or TTY 800-877-8339.