FEMA reminding tornado victims about assistance deadline
Federal officials want to make sure you don't miss the Jan. 27 deadline to apply for assistance if your home was damaged by the November tornadoes.
One of the Nov. 17 tornadoes left widespread destruction in Gifford in Champaign County. Other twisters caused damage in Douglas and Vermilion counties.
Spokesperson for the Federal Emergency Management Agency Deanna Frazier said you could still be eligible for money even if you get a letter from FEMA saying your request for assistance has been declined. She said FEMA may be looking for more information from you. So you should read the letter to the end to find out what is still needed to complete your application.
Frazier said FEMA money will cover some of the costs of renting, rebuilding and repairing your home and replacing some personal property. Plus, she said this is grant money which does not need to be repaid.
So far, nearly 2,400 people have registered statewide with FEMA, and Frazier said at least $1.8 million has been approved for assistance statewide so far. She also said nearly 200 people have contacted FEMA in Champaign County.
You can call FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA or go to disasterassistance.gov.