COFlood E-News: October 30

Issue 5

Colorado Flooding, Severe Storms, Mudslides, and Landslides

October 30, 2013

This E-News Update is created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Private Sector Function operating out of Colorado. The E-News Update includes information on federal and state resources available to help Colorado homeowners, renters, business owners and their employees recover from the flooding, severe storms, mudslides and landslides that were federally declared a major disaster on September 14, 2013. We welcome your comments, questions, and topics of interest.

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Federal Assistance as of October 29, 2013

• Registrations for Individual Assistance (IA)…26,481
• Approved IA …$48.9 million
• U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loans approved…$48.7 million

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in a designated county can apply for assistance by registering online at or via web-enabled phone at or call 1-800-621-3362 (use option 2 for Spanish, 3 for other languages) or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Those who use 711 Relay or Video Relay Services may call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., MDT, seven days a week until further notice. For a guide on FEMA Individual Assistance and other types of aid, visit disaster assistance .

The following 11 counties are now designated for IA: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Clear Creek, El Paso, Fremont, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan, Morgan and Weld.
(Italics indicate the most recently designated counties.)

For more information on counties designated for Public Assistance (PA).

Registration Deadline is November 14, 2013

The Nov. 14 disaster assistance registration deadline affects survivors of severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides in the eleven counties designated for IA.  Federal/state disaster assistance for applicants can include money for serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

In addition, National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders whose homes or other structures were damaged by flooding have until the Nov. 14 deadline to file NFIP proof of loss claims.
Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) Opening in Colorado Springs and Fort Morgan

Colorado’s recovery continues with two DRCs opening in Colorado Springs and Fort Morgan. The Colorado Springs DRC will be open for one week only from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29 to Saturday, Nov. 2.

To find DRCs closest to you, please visit the DRC Locator. DRCs provide information about disaster recovery programs and help applicants register for disaster assistance before the Nov. 14 deadline.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Opens Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs)

To meet the needs of the community, SBA in conjunction with FEMA and the State of Colorado disaster recovery officials have announced the locations  of the following SBA DLOCs in addition to the existing DRCs in Colorado.

Aurora Central Library
14949 East Alameda Pkwy.
Aurora, CO 80012

Mon.–Fri., 9am to 6pm
Saturday, 9am to 1 pm
Colorado Springs
Fire Training Center
375 Printers Pkwy.
Colorado Springs, CO 80910

Mon.–Fri., 8am to 5 pm
Jefferson County Courthouse
100 Jefferson County Pkwy.
Golden, CO 80401

Mon.–Fri., 9am to 5:30 pm

At the DLOCs, SBA customer service representatives will be available to meet with residents and business owners to answer questions, explain SBA’s disaster loan program, issue applications, help complete applications and close approved disaster loans. Note that Nov. 14 is the registration deadline for all individual disaster assistance.

FEMA Mitigation Outreach – Help Limit Damage from Future Severe Weather

Take action before the next disaster. FEMA mitigation specialists will be stationed in several locations to provide free rebuilding information Thursday, Oct. 31 through Saturday, Nov. 2.

Downtown Ace Hardware
215 S. College Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Clay’s Ace Hardware
1001 E. Harmony Rd., Unit B
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Ace Hardware of Firestone
8258 Colorado Blvd.
Firestone, CO 80504
Windsor Ace Hardware
1245 Main St.
Windsor, CO 80550

Hours of operation: Click here to confirm hours.

Before beginning any repair work, property owners should contact their local building officials to find out what permits are required to repair or rebuild in that specific community.

Determination Letters Must Be Read Carefully

An applicant who has received a determination letter of ineligibility should be sure to read the entire letter to find out why. In some cases, all the applicant needs to do is send FEMA a copy of the private insurance determination letter.

Applicants who receive this letter can call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362
(TTY 800-462-7585) or visit a DRC to find out how to appeal this decision, submit any required documents or make changes to contact information.

Colorado Businesses Contribute to Flood Relief

Colorado companies continue to make contributions for local flood relief to help rebuild communities. Here are the companies to make the latest donations.

Follow Up-to-Date News

Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management supports the needs of local government and partners with them before, during and after a disaster. The division enhances preparedness statewide by devoting available resources toward prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery, which will ensure greater resiliency of Colorado communities.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards. 

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

Follow FEMA online at,, and  Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property.  SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private, nonprofit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts, and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property.  These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For information about SBA programs, applicants can go to or call (800) 659-2955 (TTY 1-800-977-8339).