WASHINGTON – Wisconsin’s 1st District Congressman Paul Ryan today has notified those he serves in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District of the fast-approaching deadline for those seeking disaster relief from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The deadline for residents to apply for disaster assistance for damages or losses caused by this summer’s storms and flooding is 11:00 p.m. on Monday, September 15, 2008.
Federal disaster declarations have already been issued for Kenosha, Racine, Rock, Milwaukee, Walworth, and Waukesha counties, along with 24 other counties throughout the State. Federal recovery aid for residents includes the following: grants for emergency housing and essential repairs; grants for necessities not covered by insurance; and low interest loans from SBA. Wisconsin residents seeking assistance are encouraged to call FEMA’s toll-free helpline at 1-800-621-3362. Individuals and business owners also can register for help online at http://www.fema.gov.
“This summer’s extreme weather and widespread flooding has wrought considerable damage throughout the Midwest and the nation,” said Ryan. “I have been inspired by the support and compassion demonstrated by Wisconsinites who have reached out to help their neighbors in need. To supplement this tremendous community support, I have worked to help secure additional assistance from the federal government. With the deadline for disaster claims approaching, I stand ready to assist those with any lingering questions on how to seek assistance.”
Congressman Ryan has served as a vocal advocate for Wisconsin residents in Congress. He voted in favor of additional disaster response funding for the flood-ravaged Midwest on June 19, 2008 (Roll Call Vote 432). He has also joined with the Wisconsin Congressional delegation to urge timely consideration of Governor Doyle’s federal emergency declaration requests. Ryan’s Constituent Service Center offices, along with his user-friendly website, have provided timely and helpful guidance for those seeking assistance. For the latest information on resources available, please visit: http://www.house.gov/ryan/floodresponse.