Making it Through Snow and Ice After the Tornado


Gifford- It started with a tornado, now people in Gifford are dealing with snow and ice. However, that is not slowing down the recovery process.

Tractors parade through the dense fog and crews bare the bitter cold to make what looked like a war zone, back to the small community it once was.

To help move the process along, FEMA employees from all across the world are in Champaign County helping people get back on track.

"I would highly recommend that every person get registered, because there is a 60 day period to register," Skip Zuber the Disaster Recovery Center Manger for FEMA said.

Everyone includes those who have started or finished any construction work, have insurance or without insurance, Zuber said, it doesn't hurt to request help.

"If they don't have insurance with ALE or the lost of use, then we may be able to get them money based on the compensations of the household," Zuber added.

For homeowners, renters and businesses, the U.S. Small Business Administration can help where others fall short.

"We know that the insurance recovery is going to be fairly big and high for this because of the type of disaster, however there are going to be some holes in the insurance and deductibles and we can help fill those gaps," Gary Davisson said.

For nine hours a day and seven days a week, workers are waiting to provide a smooth process. 

Remember tornado victims have a month left to request help from FEMA.

You can go to the disaster recovery center on 100 East Flessner Avenue in Rantoul, call 1-800-621-3362 or log onto Victims can also, call 1-800-659-2955 for the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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