The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has introduced a new way of processing claims and getting aid to renters and homeowners in disaster areas, the Disaster Recovery Center. The Disaster Recovery Center is a mobile office that's capable of covering a large amount of area in a small amount of time.
While many areas get declared disaster areas by the president, getting people through the paperwork to make repairs and return to normal life isn't always so easy. The mobile offices are an attempt to change that.
Homeowners under the FEMA plan can apply for up to $200,000 in aid, renters $40,000, and owners of businesses, up to $2 million. Representatives of the Small Business Association are also on hand to give information on small business loans, and in most locations, local attorneys are on hand for free legal service.
So far, the program is targeting flooded areas in Kentucky and Illinois, as well as areas in South Texas affected by Hurricane Alex.
The areas include Carter and Lewis Counties in Kentucky, Carrol, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Stephenson, Winnebago,DuPage, and Cook Counties in Illinois, and Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells Maverick, Starr, Webb, Willacy, and Zapata Counties in Texas.