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Deadline for federal tornado aid extended to Feb. 3

To date, more than $16 million in grants, loans approved for tornado survivors

Published: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD – The deadline to apply for federal disaster aid for people affected by the Nov. 17 tornadoes and severe storms has been extended to Feb. 3.

The state requested the extension Wednesday to enable people affected by tornadoes in 15 federally designated counties to seek grants and loans to help with their recovery.

The original registration deadline was Jan. 27.

“I appreciate the Obama administration’s quick action on our request to extend the deadline,” Gov. Pat Quinn said in a news release. “Given the unusually difficult winter weather we’ve experienced during the registration period, as well as several federal holidays, this seven-day extension is needed to ensure residents have ample opportunity to apply for federal aid.”

To date, more than 2,400 applications for disaster aid have been received from people in the 15 counties.

More than $2.3 million in federal grants has been awarded to help people with disaster-related expenses.

In addition, the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved $14.2 million in disaster assistance loans to help people and businesses recover.

Quinn successfully secured federal aid for these areas in just nine days after an Illinois November record of 25 tornadoes caused widespread destruction across the state.

Registration for disaster aid can be completed online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362.

Earlier this month, FEMA denied the state’s request for federal assistance that would provide reimbursement to affected local governments in the counties for their disaster-related expenses.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency currently is working with local officials in those counties to compile additional information for an appeal.

The state has until Feb. 8 to submit that appeal.

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