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FEMA will Not Be Providing Any Disaster Assistance After the Severe Weather on June 30 2014

After receiving some questions from residents regarding potential federal assistance from FEMA after the severe storms that affected Park Ridge and the surrounding area on Monday June 30, we wanted to alert our residents that FEMA will not be providing any disaster assistance to the city or individual homeowners.

FEMA only offers public assistance after very significant disasters, and can only do so after the Governor of Illinois makes a formal request to the President of the United States to issue an official disaster declaration for the affected area(s).

While this rainstorm was severe and resulted in flooding and damage to many areas in our community, it was not large enough to qualify as an official disaster.  This disaster assessment is done by officials from Cook County and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and certain benchmarks need to be met regarding the extent of damage to public infrastructure across the county. As always, City staff monitors these storms and their effects on the community and relays this information to Cook County and IEMA in an effort to provide any available financial assistance to our community, residents and businesses.

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