Salt Lake City

Emergency Management

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Earthquake Assistance

Current FEMA Earthquake IA Programs* available to residents: 

*A quick note on all IA programs for this disaster – any losses (housing or employment) must be directly caused by the earthquake. Job loss or other losses due to COVID are not eligible under this disaster program, and residents cannot receive the benefits for the same period of time from both disaster programs. 

The state has set up a webpage with earthquake recovery information and resources for both residents and communities.  As their public information staff set up and run the website FEMA’s liaisons are working to update the information and provide all relevant links as they become available. Visit: Earthquakes UTAH  

  • Individuals and Households Program (IHP) is currently active and accepting applications. Residents and business owners who sustained losses in Salt Lake County and Davis county can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.  The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Depending on the circumstances and eligibility, the IHP program can provide residents with rental assistance, grants for home repairs and personal property losses, or cover other disaster related costs and needs. These grant amounts will likely not cover the full cost of all losses or home repairs, but are intended to assist residents with making their homes “safe, sanitary, and functional.”
  • SBA Disaster Loans provide additional assistance in conjunction with the IHP program. Some IHP program services are connected to the applicant’s SBA Disaster Loan eligibility. Residents will be referred to the SBA to apply for a low interest Disaster Loan as part of the IHP process. Business owners, home owners, and renters who suffered losses caused by the earthquake are all eligible to apply.  Homeowners can receive up to $200k to repair or replace real estate damage, and homeowners/renters can receive up to $40k to repair or replace personal property. SBA loan funds may also be used to meet earthquake insurance deductibles and to add mitigation measures to damaged structure repairs.   The SBA has set up a Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center specific to the earthquake (normal call lines are busy with COVID applicants) that is available Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm, (916) 735-1500, FOCWAssistance@sba.gov The SBA can answer specific questions about how a disaster loan may help each resident recover from earthquake damage and provide one-on-one assistance in completing applications for the loans. Residents can apply online at disasterloanassistance.sba.gov  Due to the current COVID restrictions, this program will be administered virtually, including virtual inspections as feasible. 
  • Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available to Utahns whose employment was lost or interrupted as a direct result of the earthquake, and who do not qualify for traditional or CARES Act COVID unemployment benefits from any state.  To receive assistance, individuals in the designated disaster areas (currently Salt Lake County and Davis County) must complete an application by August 17, 2020. The application process can be started at jobs.utah.gov/covid19.  The Disaster Unemployment Assistance Program is administered by the Utah Department of Workforce Services in partnership with the US Department of Labor. 
  • Disaster Legal Services is run in partnership with the ABA Young Lawyers Division and provides immediate temporary legal assistance to disaster survivors at no charge for issues related to the disaster. This program is in the process of being activated, and we will provide the Legal Services Hotline when it becomes available. 
  • Crisis Counseling is currently being offered through a statewide program called The Utah Strong Recovery Project, and it is administered through the Utah Department of Human Services. The Project offers all Utahns free crisis counseling, emotional support, mental health education, and coping strategies related to the pandemic and disasters. Counselors are available every day from 7am-7pm and can be reached via phone call or text at (385) 386-2289, or by email, with a first name and phone number, at UtahStrong@utah.gov. After hours, if immediate assistance is needed, residents can contact the Utah Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Hotline at 1-800-985-5990. Video chat and counseling in Spanish and other languages is available.  

FEMA’s PRESS RELEASE

Salt Lake and Davis County Residents With March Earthquake Losses Can Register With FEMA

Release date: July 16, 2020Release Number: 4548-NR-001

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah homeowners and renters in Salt Lake and Davis counties who had uninsured losses from the March 18 earthquake may be eligible for federal disaster assistance from FEMA.

FEMA has programs that provide financial help with temporary housing expenses, basic home repairs and other essential disaster-related needs.

First, if you haven’t already done so, contact your insurance company and file a claim for the disaster-caused damage. You don’t have to wait to start cleaning up, but be sure to take photographs or video of the damage and keep all receipts for repair work.

If you still have uninsured or underinsured losses, register with FEMA. Registration is free and doesn’t take long. You can register in several ways:

  • Visit DisasterAssistance.gov and click on “Apply Online”
  • Download the FEMA App for smartphones
  • Call 800-621-3362 (800-462-7585 TTY). Multilingual operators are available. The toll-free numbers are open every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. MDT.
  • Information about how to apply for low-interest SBA loans for businesses and residents is available online at www.SBA.gov/disaster. You may also call 800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. TTY users may call 800-877-8339.

SBA offers federal low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

It is helpful to have the following information available when you register:

  • Address of the dwelling/structure where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address)
  • Current mailing address
  • Current telephone number
  • Insurance information
  • Total household annual income
  • Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account)
  • A description of disaster-caused damage and losses

In conjunction with the Utah Division of Emergency Management, and in consideration of the pandemic, FEMA personnel will work remotely from alternative workspaces until further notice. Health and safety are the highest priorities—for Utahns and for FEMA personnel assisting recovery.

If you reported that you may not be able to live safely in your home, it may be necessary for FEMA to perform an inspection of the damaged dwelling. Because of the pandemic, FEMA field inspection will usually be conducted remotely. 

For remote inspections, FEMA inspectors will contact applicants by phone to answer questions about the type and extent of damage sustained. Remote inspections provide a new way of evaluating damage, comparable to traditional, in-person inspections, and this expedites the delivery of recovery assistance. 

Survivors with minimal damage who can live in their homes will not automatically be scheduled for a home inspection when applying to FEMA. However, they may request an inspection if significant disaster-caused damage is discovered later.Last Updated: July 16, 2020 – 13:28

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