IDHS Invites Storm Damage Reports Online
November 22, 2013 — The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is reminding Hoosiers that it is accepting online reports about individual and business damage sustained during this week’s severe weather.
The National Weather Service says Sunday’s storm system gave Indiana its third-most active day of tornadoes in state history, with 26.
IDHS says damage can be reported at: https://myoracle.in.gov/hs/damage/ia-public.do?method=active&incidentId=IA20131118083856. A link to the form is also available on the IDHS website at in.gov/dhs. In the middle of the page under “Featured Topics,” click on “Report Damage from Severe Weather – November 17.”
An online user is asked to provide name, address, phone number and type of damage the property sustained. IDHS says losses can include structural damage to homes and loss of personal property, and any Hoosier who already reported damage online need not do so again.
IDHS Senior Public Information Officer John Erickson says, “We want to make sure those that were without power have an opportunity to report their damage. Also, there is particular interest in insurance coverage. Please report your damage as soon as possible. This first step by citizens helps the entire process move more quickly.”
IDHS directs questions to county emergency management agencies, whose contact information is available at http://www.in.gov/dhs/2797.htm.
The Department suggests Individuals without Internet access contact someone they trust for assistance, “Web access is also available at many libraries, religious institutions, community centers or other public facilities. If none of those options is available, individuals may also contact their county emergency management agency to report damage.”
IDHS reminds Hoosiers that the online report is not an application for a grant with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It says the damage information helps local emergency management agencies and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security preliminarily assess damage to determine whether federal assistance can be pursued.