FEMA Hurricane Record

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

This might seem a record year for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but it's not.

Despite three major hurricanes back to back, disaster declarations so far this year are trailing the rate of 1996. There have been 42 so far -- by this time in 1996 there had been 63.

For all of 1996 there were 75 disaster declarations.

FEMA says it's received almost 198-thousand claims for Hurricane
Charley, and almost 156-thousand for Hurricane Frances.

Approved payments total almost 116 (m) million dollars for Charley, and more than 62 (m) million for Frances.

People with damage from both storms can register under both disaster declarations.

FEMA says it's taking three to four days for people to receive money by direct deposit, or seven to ten days by check.

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