Congressman John Shimkus

Representing the 15th District of Illinois


Storm Recovery Information

My thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted by the November 17th storms. I hope the information on this page will be of assistance to the residents of central and southerin Illinois You can find a full listing of recovery resources in the attached Natural Disaster Recovery Information packet.

Assistance is available across a wide range of areas and agencies, including non-profits. This is by no means a complete list of all the sources of assistance in our region. There are many other groups assisting in the recovery, including local volunteer organizations who are working so hard to help our communities.

I hope that residents of the area will contact me if there is any way in which I can be of assistance as our region’s recovery continues. You can contact any of my officed listed at the bottom of the page or email me at

More Information: Natural Disaster Recovery Information.pdf

Federal Disaster Declaration

After Governor Quinn's request for a federal disaster declaration for Illinois counties impacted by the storm, the entire Illinois Congressional Delegation sent a letter to President Obama supporting this request. On November 26th, the President issued a major disaster declaration for Champaign, Douglas, Fayette, Grundy, Jasper, La Salle, Massac, Pope, Tazewell, Vermilion, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, Will, and Woodford Counties.

  • Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:
    • Rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable.  Initial assistance may be provided for up to three months for homeowners and at least one month for renters.  Assistance may be extended if requested after the initial period based on a review of individual applicant requirements.  (Source: FEMA funded and administered.)
    • Grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance to make damaged dwellings safe, sanitary and functional.  (Source: FEMA funded and administered.)
    • Grants to replace personal property and help meet medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable aid programs.   (Source: FEMA funded at 75 percent of total eligible costs; 25 percent funded by the state.)
    • Unemployment payments up to 26 weeks for workers who temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster and who do not qualify for state benefits, such as self-employed individuals.  (Source: FEMA funded; state administered.)
    • Low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance.  Loans available up to $200,000 for primary residence; $40,000 for personal property, including renter losses.  Loans available up to $2 million for business property losses not fully compensated by insurance.  (Source: U.S. Small Business Administration.)
    • Loans up to $2 million for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes that have suffered disaster-related cash flow problems and need funds for working capital to recover from the disaster's adverse economic impact.  This loan in combination with a property loss loan cannot exceed a total of $2 million. (Source: U.S. Small Business Administration.)
    • Loans up to $500,000 for farmers, ranchers and aquaculture operators to cover production and property losses, excluding primary residence.  (Source: Farm Service Agency, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.)
    • Other relief programs: Crisis counseling for those traumatized by the disaster; income tax assistance for filing casualty losses; advisory assistance for legal, veterans’ benefits and social security matters.
  • How to Apply for Assistance
    • Affected individuals and business owners in designated areas can begin the disaster application process by registering online at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or by web enabled mobile device at  Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. Applicants registering for aid should be prepared to provide basic information about themselves (name, permanent address, phone number), insurance coverage and any other information to help substantiate losses.


  • Metropolis - First Baptist Church - 307 Massac Creek Road, Metropolis, IL

  • Gifford - Community Health and Rehab Builiding - 2304 County Road 3000 N, Gifford, IL

SNAP Benefits

  • The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) has announced that it will replace Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for any active SNAP recipient's food that was destoryed in the tornadoes. Recipients must visit their local IDHS office to request a replacement. You can find the nearest office at or at (800) 843-6154.