Monday is deadline to apply for federal tornado aid
Monday is the last day that you can register for help from the federal government if you were impacted by the November tornadoes. Here in East Central Illinois, the deadline applies to residents and businesses in Champaign, Douglas and Vermilion counties. Those counties were among 15 in the state that were declared diaster areas.
Spokesperson for the Federal Emergency Management Agency Deanna Frazier said after you register, you will need to follow up by sending documentation showing your insurance settlement before FEMA can determine if you qualify for additional assistance.
Frazier said a delay in submitting your insurance information creates a roadblock for possible assistance.
Frazier said you have until 10 p.m. Monday to register by phone at 1-800-621-3362. You have until midnight to register online at disasterassistance.gov.
She said federal assistance to Illinois residents and small businesses has topped $21 million. She said more than 2,800 people and small businesses have registered across the state so far. Of those, over 200 are in Champaign County, almost 100 in Vermilion County and close to 100 in Douglas County.