A state disaster declaration by the Governor triggers the availability of resources like sandbags, sand, pumps, trucks, inmate crews and other assistance items that can help ensure public safety during the flood response. The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Springfield was activated on December 28, and remains in place to coordinate flood response efforts such as the deployment of personnel and resources to affected areas.
As flood waters begin to recede, local emergency management personnel will begin collecting damage information from affected property owners and units of government. The collected information will be forwarded to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), where it will be reviewed so that a determination can me made whether the total damages meet the threshold for a federal disaster declaration (required for federal dollars to become available). If it appears the State meets the federal assistance criteria, the Governor can request a major disaster declaration from the President.
If a federal disaster declaration is made, two types of federal assistance will become available:
- Individual Assistance Program: offers grants and low-interest loans to people affected by the flood
- Public Assistance Program: provides reimbursement up to 75% of eligible costs incurred by local governments as they engage in flood recovery efforts
Additional updates on the flood and recovery efforts can be found on the Ready Illinois website at www.ready.illinois.gov.