KNOX COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - Due to the recent flooding event beginning April 19th, the Knox County Board of Commissioners have declared a local disaster emergency.
"…a local disaster emergency exists in the County and that we hereby invoke and declare those portions of the Indiana Code… to be in full force and effect in the County for the exercise of all necessary emergency authority for protection of the lives and property of the people of this County…," stated the Knox County Board of Commissioners in the emergency declaration.
This local disaster declaration allows Indiana to request for a Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment (JPDA) by Federal (FEMA and US Small Business Administration), State (IDHS), and Local officials.
Based upon the results of the Joint PDA, the Governor will request for Federal Assistance.
If the request is approved, there are essentially three types of assistance available after a disaster: Individual Assistance, Public Assistance, and U.S. Small Business Administration loans.
Individual Assistance provides money and direct services to individuals and businesses affected by a major disaster. Individuals and businesses have 60 days after the Federal declaration is issued to register for assistance either by telephone or online.
Public Assistance helps reimburse local, county, and state governments as well as certain private, nonprofit organizations in declared counties for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and repair/replacement of damaged public infrastructure.
The U.S. SBA provides low interest loans for damage to property owned by homeowners, renters, businesses, and private nonprofit organizations that are not fully covered by insurance.
All citizens of Knox County are called upon and directed to comply with necessary emergency measures, to cooperative with public officials and disaster services forces in executing emergency operations plans, and to obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers.
All operating forces will direct their communications and requests for assistance and operations directly to the Knox County Emergency Operating Center.
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