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WILL COUNTY RECEIVES FEDERAL FLOOD RELIEF FOR IMPACTED FAMILIES AS A RESULT OF THE RECENT FLOODING
Will County is one of eleven counties in Illinois included in the Federal Disaster Declaration from the April flooding. The federal disaster declaration makes assistance available to flood victims, including grants to eligible individuals and households to help with temporary housing, home repairs or replacement and other disaster-related expenses, as well as low-interest SBA loans to residents and businesses.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which administers the assistance program, has a toll-free telephone number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY or hearing and speech impaired) for victims to apply for assistance. Registration can also be done online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
Residents are encouraged to be patient when calling and to allow for sufficient time when applying for assistance.
Refer to these publications for added information:
- Repairing Your Flooded Home
- Food Safety Guidance following Power Failures
- Dealing with Mold & Mildew in your Flood Damaged Home
- Flooding Preparedness & Response Resource Information
If you have a private well and septic system, please see Will County Health Department for additional information.
Resolve to be Ready
As the New Year approaches, we want to remind you to Resolve to be Ready in 2013.
Led by FEMA's Ready campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps and the Ad Council, this year's emphasis includes integrating technology into individuals, families and businesses preparedness plans. A 2012 Nielson report revealed that nearly 55 percent of mobile phone owners in the United States own smartphones. As a simple resolution, Ready is asking all smartphone owners to turn the technology in their purses and pockets into a life-saving tool during and after an emergency or disaster.
Additional ways the Ready campaign recommends implementing technology into your emergency plans:
- Learn how to send updates via text and internet from your mobile phone to your contacts and social channels in case voice communications are not available;
- Store your important documents such as personal and financial records in the cloud, in a secure and remote area, or on a flash or jump drive that you can keep readily available so they can be accessed from anywhere; and
- Create an Emergency Information Document by using Ready's Family Emergency Plan template in Google Docs (use Google Chrome to view) or by downloading the Ready Family Emergency Plan to record your emergency plans.
Do you follow us on Facebook? If not, you should check us out. We have been experimenting with automated posting of National Weather Service severe weather messages to our Facebook page. We are limiting this to severe weather watches, warnings, and advisories issued for Will County. It is another tool for you to receive severe weather notifications.