To make a better case for why the state should receive federal assistance after last month’s tornadoes, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is asking residents to report property damage online.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency this week denied the state’s first request to declare Howard County a disaster area. That declaration would have made its residents eligible for grants and low-interest loans to help them rebuild after tornadoes damaged hundreds of homes in the area on Nov. 17.
The state Department of Homeland Security is now requesting a joint damage assessment for several other affected counties including Boone, Daviess, Fountain, Grant, and Tippecanoe.
IDHS, FEMA and county emergency management agencies will also conduct additional assessments in Howard County beginning Monday.