The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, will consider expanding the disaster assistance to include 21 additional counties. That will include Grundy and Harrison Counties in the local area. With the announcment, FEMA agreed to:
- Conduct new damage assessment with the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and local officials in counties where newly identified damaged homes have been found;
- Use ground teams to more fully assess areas that had previously been reviewed only by helicopter; and
- Reevaluate insurance levels and income levels as factors in the ability to recover in some of the affected counties.
FEMA said the damage assessments would begin on July 23.