Other Disaster Resources

 

INDIVIDUAL SERVICE REQUESTS FOR STEPHENSON COUNTY FLOOD RELIEF ARE TO BE REFERRED TO CONTACT OF NORTHERN ILLINOIS

The Flood Warning for Stephenson County remains in effect until further notice.  The river level for the Pecatonica River at Freeport was 14.85 feet as of this morning.  Flood stage is 13 feet.  The National Weather Service is currently forecasting the river to crest at 15.3 feet Monday morning.  However, potential rainfall this Saturday and next week could change that.  Many creeks, streams, and low lying areas throughout the County are experiencing flooding, and there is still significant runoff occurring from recent heavy rains.
 
Individuals seeking flood assistance may call CONTACT of Northern Illinois at 815-233-4357 (HELP).  The agency will refer all requests for flood assistance to the local Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD).  Be prepared to provide a description of your impacts and needs, your address, a phone number you can be reached at, and any other information that may be necessary.
 
it is important to note that the ongoing flooding is a separate event from the floods experienced earlier this spring.  Local emergency management officials and the State of Illinois continue their efforts in seeking federal assistance for homes and businesses impacted by the spring 2019 flooding.
 
 

EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER PROGRAM - $5 MILLION DOLLAR SUPPLEMENTAL HUMANITARIAN FUNDING AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE

 
FEMA awarded $30 million in supplemental humanitarian funding to the National Board for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP).
 
These funds are for local social services that have provided assistance on or after January 1, 2019 to southern border migrants who were released from the custody of the Department of Homeland Security.
 
Of the $30 million allocation, $25 million will go to the four border states where the most significant numbers of migrants have been released from DHS custody. Those states are Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas.
 
The remaining $5 million will be allocated to all states, including the four border states, where a significant influx of migrants has also occurred.
 
Local non-profit, faith-based and governmental entities that have served migrants released from DHS custody at the southern border with shelter, food, and supportive services are eligible to apply. Applications will be completed by local entities (including local government agencies) and submitted to EFSP Local Boards. State government facilities that provided eligible direct services will apply through their EFSP State Set-Aside (SSA) Committee.
 
Additional information including local board and state set-aside committee contacts is available on the EFSP website . Organizations may also send an email request to suppfund@uww.unitedway.org or call at 703-706-9660 to obtain local board and State Set-Aside contact information.
 
All applications shall be evaluated competitively. Reimbursements addressing humanitarian needs such life sustaining food and shelter expenses will be given priority. 
 
The EFSP National Board will make final decisions on awards to social service providers.
 

 

READINESS FOR PET OWNERS

All dogs are good dogs, but even the best-trained pups can’t pack their own emergency kit! When making an emergency plan for the whole family, don’t forget to include your pets. Follow the tips below to get started:

  • Make sure your pet’s ID tag is up to date.
  • Don't forget your pet’s needs in your emergency kit. Include items such as:
    • Pet food
    • Additional bottled water
    • Copies of important documents, like adoption papers and veterinary records.
    • Extra medication
    • Leashes or harnesses
    • Pet crate or carrier
    • Towels or bedding supplies
    • Veterinary contact information
    • Your pet’s comfort items or toys
  • Identify pet-friendly hotels or shelters in case you evacuate. For public health reasons, many emergency shelters cannot accept pets. Most pet-friendly shelters will need your pet’s medical records to make sure all vaccinations are current, so keep extra copies in your kit.
  • If you have large animals like horses, cattle, sheep, goats, or pigs, make sure they all have a form of identification. Ensure vehicles and trailers are available for use for an evacuation. Research destinations ahead of time to ensure they have food, water, veterinary care, and proper equipment to handle large animals.
  • Take a selfie with your pet! This can help prove ownership if you are separated.

 

 

LIHEAP FOR DISASTER ASSISTANCE

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program’s (LIHEAP) provides possible funding for disaster relief (which can assist with replacement of items such as water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners) in the flooding disaster areas declared as a disaster by the Governor to qualified low income individuals.

The Illinois counties declared by the Governor as Disaster areas for this flood event include the following counties: Adams, Alexander, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Fulton, Greene, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Jackson, Jersey, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Madison, Marshall, Mason, Mercer, Monroe, Morgan, Peoria, Pike, Putnam, Randolph, Rock Island, Schuyler, Scott, St. Clair, Tazewell, Union, Whiteside, Woodford.

LIHEAP federal grant funds are disbursed through the Community Action network, for LIHEAP they are “Local Administering Agencies,” or “LAAs.”  The list of LAAs for LIHEAP is included at this site:

https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/CommunityServices/HomeWeatherization/CommunityActionAgencies/Pages/default.aspx

The federal income guidelines beginning July 1, 2019; are linked below:

https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/CommunityServices/UtilityBillAssistance/Pages/HowtoApply.aspx

ENERGY EFFICIENCY FOR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Dear Partner –

This email is to inform you that ComEd has an Energy Efficiency Program dedicated to nonprofit organizations such as your organization. The Energy Efficiency program offers free lighting products, LED lighting upgrades, occupancy sensors and lighting controls and various equipment improvements that will help you conserve energy and lower your operating costs.  I highly encourage you to participate as this can help you to continue providing the valuable needed programs in your community.

If you are interested in learning more or participating in this Energy Efficiency program, please see the flyer attached. You can also visit ComEd.com/Nonprofit, emailNonprofitEE@ComEd.com or call 855-433-2700.

Thank you,

Klaudia

 

Klaudia Kuklinska 

Energy Resources Center

University of Illinois at Chicago

1309 S Halsted Street, MC 156

Chicago, IL 60607

(312) 355-7345

kuklins2@uic.edu

 

OTHER UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS AND MEETINGS

 

 

FEMA VOLUNTEER AGENCY LIAISON (VAL)

The FEMA VAL website explains how FEMA supports the coordination of voluntary efforts and donations management before, during, and after disasters.

Please visit the FEMA VAL website for FEMA updates, newsletters and other resources useful for volunteer, faith-based, and community-based organizations.

Newsletters can be subscribed by contacting VAL-Team@fema.dhs.gov.