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3/10/2012 8:57:00 AM
Federal disaster assistance OK'd by Obama for six Southern Indiana counties

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels was notified Friday night that six Indiana counties, including Clark, have been approved for federal assistance following deadly tornadoes March 2.

President Barack Obama approved federal assistance for homeowners, renters and businesses in six counties in Southern Indiana. Joining Clark are Jefferson, Ripley, Scott, Warrick and Washington counties.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. Residents and business owners who sustained losses in those counties can begin applying for assistance at FEMA.gov or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), or 1-800-462-7585 for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers are available 24 hours a day, officials said.

The state opened a one-stop shop Wednesday in Sellersburg that helps connect tornado victims with state services, such as the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Insurance and the Family and Social Services Administration. The center is located on the first floor of Ogle Hall at the Ivy Tech campus in Sellersburg (Interstate-65 Exit 9) and is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency also will provide assistance to those applying for federal assistance at the Sellersburg site, according to a press release from the governor's office.

Several Indiana legislators are supported the request made by Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels to declare the areas affected by the March 2 tornadoes a federal disaster area. Daniels on Thursday sent a letter requesting a presidential declaration to President Barack Obama.

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