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Kent Co. residents sustaining property damage from August tornado can apply for FEMA assistance

Backyard Fun Zone, 5600 block Alpine Ave. NW
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Patrick Center
Backyard Fun Zone, 5600 block Alpine Ave. NW

The August 24, 2023 tornado caused damage to around 200 homes and businesses

On August 24th of last year, an EF-1 tornado traveled nearly 9 miles across portions of northern Kent County. With windspeeds topping off at 75 miles per hour, damage to roughly 200 homes and businesses exceeded $4.3 million dollars.

Now, FEMA has announced that residents who experienced property damage can apply for disaster relief.

Emergency Management Coordinator Matt Groesser explains who these funds are designed to help.

“This type of relief will come in handy for anyone that had damage to their property or maybe debris removal or something along those lines that wasn’t fully covered by their insurance.”

Even if you’re not sure if damage sustained to your property will qualify for relief, Groesser says there’s no fee for applying.

“The eligibility will become clear as you go through the process. Still go ahead an apply if you think you had some type of either underinsured or noninsured costs related with the storm back in August.”

To start the application process, you can contact FEMA online at DisasterAssistance.com, downloading the FEMA app, or calling their Helpline at (800) 621-3362. A list of information applicants will want to have ready when they apply can be found on FEMA’s website.

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