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Hoosiers Need To Report Damage From Severe Weather

Last updated on Thursday, May 26, 2011

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Hoosiers who sustained damage caused by severe weather beginning Wednesday, May 25, need to report damage online.

A link to the form is available on the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) website at www.in.gov/dhs. In the middle of the page under "Topics of the Day," click on "Report Damage Beginning April 18, 2011 and Continuing - Wind and Flooding." The reports are being combined with previous damage from severe weather that began April 18.

"Individuals with uninsured damage from the severe weather must report quickly," said IDHS Executive Director Joe Wainscott. "The faster we can assess the situation, the better, especially if the determination is to pursue federal assistance. Even if you aren't intending to apply for assistance, your report of uninsured damage will help the state and your neighbors in assessing the case to request federal assistance."

Individuals 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.

This is NOT an application for a grant 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.

Individuals without Internet access are encouraged to contact a friend, family member or neighbor for assistance. Web access is also available at many libraries, religious institutions, community centers or other public facilities. If none of those options are available, individuals may also contact their county emergency management agency to report damage.

Forecasted additional rainfall could aggravate or expand current localized flooding situations.

All Hoosiers are advised to stay tuned to local radio and television weather broadcasts or listen to an all hazards alert radio for updated warnings and safety information related to potential weather threats.

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