FEMA Damage Assessment Team arrives in Goshen Friday

The Damage Assessment Team from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will go door to door in Goshen today Friday, May 11, at 9 a.m. to confirm and assess damaged homes from the flood. All members will have an ID for verification.

In addition, the Disaster Recovery Center will open its doors at 9:00 a.m., and is located at the Lincoln Center, 608 Oakland Ave, Elkhart. The center plans on being open from 9:00am-7:00pm 7 days a week, until further notice, but residents are encouraged to stop by as soon as they are able.

Residents will receive information about FEMA programs or other disaster assistance programs, and will be given the opportunity to ask questions related to individual cases. Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and other agencies will be at the center to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest disaster loans.

In order to fully take advantage of time spent at the Disaster Recovery Center, residents are asked to have documentation (including receipts and any other paperwork in relation to money spent on flood recovery), pictures of damages from the flood, and a valid ID. Having these items prepared ahead of time is beneficial, as there will be multiple agencies working separately within the center to help residents.

Please take a second and visit The Elkhart County Flood Recovery Task Force 2018 table. This group is a collaborative team of area government, businesses, non-profits and citizens tasked with addressing the long term needs of Elkhart County residents impacted by the February 2018 floods. The primary focus of the Task Force is to address the remaining disaster-related needs of a family once they have received the maximum awards from federal and state disaster assistance programs.

If you are a resident that has been impacted, but will not be able to go to the center in person, you can also call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362, visit the FEMA website at www.FEMA.gov, or call the Elkhart County Emergency Management office at (574) 891-2238.

Please go to goshenindiana.org or the City of Goshen’s Facebook page to view updates from FEMA and the City.