FEMA http://wuis.org en Illinois Politicians Challenge FEMA Formula UPDATED http://wuis.org/post/illinois-politicians-challenge-fema-formula-updated <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UPDATE: &nbsp;On Tues., March 4, FEMA denied Illinois' appeal for public assistance for nine counties. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 19750 at http://wuis.org Illinois Politicians Challenge FEMA Formula UPDATED Federal Aid Denied To Tornado Damaged Counties http://wuis.org/post/federal-aid-denied-tornado-damaged-counties <p>The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied a request for aid to local governments in Illinois after deadly tornadoes swept the state in November. &nbsp;</p><p>FEMA sent a letter on Thursday to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency saying that damage after the storms wasn't severe enough to warrant federal help. The storms left at least 7 people dead statewide and destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:39:48 +0000 Associated Press 16624 at http://wuis.org Federal Aid Denied To Tornado Damaged Counties Tornado Damage Now At Least 1,500 Homes http://wuis.org/post/tornado-damage-now-least-1500-homes <p>State officials now say at least 1,500 homes were<br />destroyed or badly damaged in Illinois as federal storm-damage assessors began<br />work in the state.<br />&nbsp;<br />Patti Thompson is a spokeswoman for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.<br />She said Thursday that that figure will almost certainly rise after Sunday's<br />tornadoes.<br />&nbsp;<br />Officials also said Thursday that 22 tornadoes touched down around the state.<br />Six people were killed.<br />&nbsp;<br />Thompson says Federal Emergency Management Agency workers started assessing Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:15:34 +0000 Associated Press 13536 at http://wuis.org Tornado Damage Now At Least 1,500 Homes FEMA Inspectors To View Storm Damage Thursday http://wuis.org/post/fema-inspectors-view-storm-damage-thursday <p>(AP) _ Federal assessments of tornado-damaged property in Illinois are to begin Thursday.<br />&nbsp;<br />Gov. Pat Quinn's office says Federal Emergency Management Agency assessments<br />are necessary so the state can request federal assistance.<br />&nbsp;<br />Five teams will look at damage to homes and businesses in Champaign, Grundy,<br />Massac, Pope, Tazewell and Will counties. Sunday's tornadoes destroyed hundreds<br />of homes and left six people dead in the state.<br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;The governor's office says federal and state emergency officials will meet with Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:17:05 +0000 Associated Press 13390 at http://wuis.org FEMA Inspectors To View Storm Damage Thursday Want FEMA Aid? Even If "Home Is Totally Destroyed" Governor Tells Victims To Document http://wuis.org/post/want-fema-aid-even-if-home-totally-destroyed-governor-tells-victims-document <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>State officials say victims of yesterday's (Nov. 17) storms should take extra care in documenting their material losses. Illinois learned the hard way why that can be important.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About two years ago, seven people died in the tornadoes that rocked Harrisburg, in deep southern Illinois. And yet the state was denied a request for federal assistance. That meant home and business owners could not get federal loans, grants and other aide.</span></p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:50:07 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 13304 at http://wuis.org Want FEMA Aid? Even If "Home Is Totally Destroyed" Governor Tells Victims To Document