Colorado Flooding E-News Update: October 23

Issue 4

Colorado Flooding, Severe Storms, Mudslides, and Landslides

October 22, 2013

E-News Update
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 21, 2013

• Registrations for Individual Assistance (IA)................................. 25,763
• Approved IA ………................................................................$45.5 million
• U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loans approved……$9 millon

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. 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.

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

Registration Deadline is November 14, 2013

The Nov. 14 registration deadline affects survivors of severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides in the eleven counties designated for IA.  Federal/state disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

Transitional Sheltering Assistance Extended Again

FEMA has approved a second extension to the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program, which pays for eligible flood evacuees to stay in participating hotels and motels.

Eligible individuals and families will continue to have a safe place to stay through Nov. 2 (checkout Nov. 3).

Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) Continue to Help Survivors

DRC services include help with applying for disaster assistance before the Nov. 14 deadline and providing information about other disaster recovery programs available from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), state and local agencies, and voluntary organizations.

To find DRCs closest to you, please visit the DRC Locator.

Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center Opens in Aurora

To meet the needs of the community, SBA in conjunction with FEMA and the State of Colorado disaster recovery officials announced that the DRC in Aurora will remain open as a SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC).  The SBA DLOC is located at the Aurora Central Library, 14949 East Alameda Parkway, Aurora CO  80012.  It will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., until further notice.

At the Aurora SBA DLOC, SBA customer service representatives will be available to meet individually 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. 24 through Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Lowe’s Home Improvement
4227 Corbett Dr.
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Poudre Valley Coop
Ace Hardware
225 NW Frontage Rd.
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Ace Hardware of Greeley
3540 W. 10th St.
Greeley, CO 80634
Orchards Ace Hardware
269 E. 29th St.
Loveland, CO 80538

Hours of operation: Click here to confirm hours.

File a Claim with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
If you had flood damage, don’t be afraid to file a claim under NFIP. Unlike other property policies that often use prior claims to determine premiums, NFIP premiums do not rise due to the filing of a claim.
Flood insurance premiums under NFIP are not determined the same as homeowners policy premiums.  NFIP premiums typically reflect flood risk—the higher a dwelling is built above what’s called the Base Flood Elevation (BFE), the lower the premium will be —because the potential for flood damage is diminished by elevation.

Follow Up-to-Date News

Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management support 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).