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Daniels Creates Office Of Disaster Recovery

Last updated on Tuesday, July 8, 2008

(UNDATED) - Governor Daniels has created an office of disaster recovery to lead the state’s effort to repair and rebuild following the recent storm and flood damage.

Daniels says deadlines for disaster relief applications are looming and he wants to make sure Hoosiers who are eligible for federal and state relief will get it.

He's appointed Andy Miller, the director of the state agriculture department, to head up the office.

The governor estimates at least 1,000 Indiana communities are eligible to receive federal help in rebuilding their infrastructure. But so far only 179 municipalities have applied for help with the application deadline coming up on July 21.

Daniels says many individuals denied FEMA benefits can apply for help from the Small Business Administration. In fact the governor says being denied an SBA loan may actually qualify them to receive the FEMA help they sought originally. The deadline for individual applications is August 11.

Daniels says the new office of disaster recovery will exist at least until the last application deadline has passed and the appeal process is completed.

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