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Time is Running Out to Report Damage

INDIANAPOLIS - Hoosiers who sustained damage caused by severe weather, including wind and flooding beginning August 4 are urged to report damage online or by calling a toll free number.

The number (866-210-1925) is staffed from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. EST through Tuesday, August 18, 2009. Damage reports also may be made online via the Indiana Department of Homeland Security website.

Callers will be asked to provide their name, address, phone number, damage to property and type of damage the property sustained. Losses can include structural damage to homes and loss of personal property.

Individuals calling will not be in conversation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Information will be used to help local emergency management agencies and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security preliminarily assess damage to determine if federal assistance can be pursued.

Some disaster victims may not be calling in the belief that they will not qualify for federal disaster assistance if it becomes available. However, because relief assistance is granted on a case by case basis, individuals should not make assumptions based on the experiences of others.

Depending on individual eligibility, disaster assistance could include money for essential home repairs, temporary housing and help with other needs, such as medical and dental expenses or transportation and moving and storage.

THIS REPORT IS NOT AN APPLICATION FOR ANY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

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