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National Disaster Legal Aid

Severe Storms & Flooding Help for People in Indiana

Disaster Legal Hotline: 1-844-243-8570

Severe storms struck Indiana from February 14 to March 4, 2018 and winds, storms and flooding affected various counties in the state. On May 5, 2018, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Indiana to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and a tornado during this period.

This makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the state of Indiana. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, unemployment assistance, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. Individual assistance is available for affected people in the following areas:

  • Carroll County 
  • Clark County 
  • Elkhart County 
  • Floyd County 
  • Harrison County
  • Jefferson County
  • Lake County
  • Marshall County
  • St. Joseph County 

For DR-4363, assistance for affected individuals and families is available and people are urged to apply through FEMA.

Indiana Severe Storms & Flooding Disaster Number: 4363

‚ÄčImportant Deadlines

Registration with FEMA for Disaster Assistance *Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster Loan Process July 5, 2018
Appeal Your FEMA Decision Within 60 days of the date on the determination letter

Key resources for those impacted by the Storms and Flooding

Government Disaster Relief Benefits

Residents and businesses affected by the storms can apply for government disaster relief benefits in several ways:

  • Online at
  • On the FEMA Mobile App, or by
  • Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available. Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages.
  • Please watch for updates on FEMA's website.
  • For official news and press releases related to these storms, please visit FEMA's News & Updates-Indiana Storms page.
  • Note: Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process.
  • Disaster Unemployment Assistance: You must meet certain eligibility requirements to receive this type of assistance. Please click here to learn more. 

Legal Assistance

For legal assistance and information, please visit:

  • Indiana Legal Services, Inc.: Indiana Legal Services is a nonprofit law firm that provides free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income residents throughout the state of Indiana. 
  • ABA Disaster Legal Services Program: Through the Disaster Legal Services Program, the ABA Young Lawyers Division (ABA-YLD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provide immediate temporary legal assistance to disaster survivors at no charge.
  • Indiana Free Legal Answers: Free Legal Answers is a virtual legal advice clinic. Qualifying users post their civil legal question to their state's website. Users will then be emailed when their question receives a response.
  • If you need to appeal a FEMA denial on your own, please see here to get an interactive form to appeal and letter requesting a copy of your file.
  • For Frequently Asked Questions about FEMA appeals, please click here.
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest on the News page.
  • Help After a Disaster: FEMA's Guide for the Individual Applicants
  • You might get a call about applying for an SBA loan.  Listen!

Other Resources That Can Help

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