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Hurricane Ida Disaster Declaration for Delaware

The remnants of Hurricane Ida caused flooding and other damages in New Castle County from September 1 to September 7, 2021. On September 17, 2021, Governor John Carney requested a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Delaware in response to the severe flooding that occurred as the remnants of Hurricane Ida passed through the region on September 1 to September 7, 2021. The request included FEMA's Individual Assistance, Public Assistance, and Hazard Mitigation Grant programs, as well as assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

On Sunday October 24, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Delaware and ordered Federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida from September 1 to September 7, 2021.

Disaster Declaration Resources:

Public Notice FEMA-4627-DR-DE

Public Assistance for New Castle County

What is Public Assistance?

Public Assistance provides funding for state, local governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations, on a cost-sharing basis, for emergency protective measures and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged as a result of the event.

How to Register for Public Assistance:

State and local government agencies, and eligible nonprofits, should fill out our Grants Portal Registration Form or to learn more contact: Joshua Kelly. To learn more about how to register check out this video.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding statewide.

What is the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program?

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) provides funding to state, local, tribal and territorial governments so they can rebuild in a way that reduces, or mitigates, future disaster losses in their communities. This grant funding is available after a presidentially declared disaster. In this program, homeowners and businesses cannot apply for a grant. However a local community may apply for funding on their behalf. Contact your county emergency management office to learn more.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster assistance for New Castle County.

What is SBA Disaster Assistance?

The SBA offers disaster assistance in the form of low interest loans to businesses, nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters located in regions affected by declared disasters. SBA also provides eligible small businesses and nonprofit organizations with working capital to help overcome the economic injury of a declared disaster.

Low-interest disaster loans are now available to certain Delaware Private Non-Profit (PNP) organizations, businesses, homeowners, and renters in New Castle County affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) are available to help meet working capital needs, such as ongoing operating expenses, regardless of whether the organization suffered any physical property damage.

How to Apply?

Applicants may apply for declaration #17238 online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website. Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or sending an email to Loan applications can also be downloaded from Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. The filing deadline to submit applications for physical property damage is December 23, 2021. The deadline to submit economic injury applications is July 25, 2022.

Individual Assistance request was denied. Individuals in need of assistance should go to to learn more about available resources.