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SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Businesses and Residents of Indiana Affected by May, 2019 Tornadoes, High Winds and Severe Storms

WASHINGTON – Indiana businesses and residents affected by tornadoes, high winds and severe storms on May 27, 2019 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Acting Administrator Christopher Pilkerton announced today.

Acting Administrator Pilkerton made the loans available in response to a letter from Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on June 10, requesting a disaster declaration by the SBA. The declaration covers Madison County and the adjacent counties of Delaware, Grant, Hamilton, Hancock, Henry and Tipton in Indiana.

“The SBA is strongly committed to providing the people of Indiana with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist businesses of all sizes, homeowners and renters with federal disaster loans,” said Pilkerton. “Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.” SBA’s Customer Service Representatives will be available at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about the disaster loan program and help individuals complete their applications.

The Center is located in the following community and is open as indicated:
Pendleton Elementary Intermediate School
301 South East Street, Pendleton, IN 46064

Opening: Friday, June 14, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday: closed
Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday, June 20, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

“Businesses and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets,” said SBA’s Indiana District Director Stacey Poynter.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.

“Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property,” said Kem Fleming, center director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.

Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes. Eligible mitigation improvements may include a safe room or storm shelter, sump pump, French drain or retaining wall to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.

Interest rates are as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.75 percent for nonprofit organizations, and 1.938 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amount and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at

Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing Loan applications can also be downloaded at Completed applications should be returned to the center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Aug. 12, 2019. The deadline to return economic injury applications is March 12, 2020.

Madison County Long Term Recovery Group Disaster Intake / Assessment Form

As we transition from clean up to long term recovery, it is very important for us to learn what needs our citizens have, who were impacted by the May 27, 2019 Memorial Day Tornado. We ask all home owners and renters to fill out this Long Term Recovery Disaster Assessment Form. You can fill this out and return it to our booth located at the June Jamboree all week. As a second option, you may fill out the form, scan and email it to or a third option is to drop it off at our office located at 200 S Delaware Street, Anderson, In 46013.

(Some citizens may have already filled out this form, if so you do not need to fill it out a second time)

Damage Assessment Estimates Released for Madison County, IN

Date: 5/31/2019
Time: 9:00 AM
Contact: Todd Harmeson, (765) 602-5402

Damage Assessment Estimates Released for Madison County, IN

Pendleton, IN – Madison County Emergency Management and Office of Homeland Security (EMA) has released preliminary damage assessment figures for the F2 Tornado, which struck southern Madison County on 5/27/2019. EMA Executive Director Tom Ecker is working very closely with state and federal officials to determine the financial impact to Madison County and the Town of Pendleton, IN.

Preliminary Damage Estimates

• 1,500 structures surveyed in southern Madison County
o 500 structures have sustained some level of damage (33%)
o 30-40 of these structures have major damage or are destroyed

• Structural engineers are inspecting locations where heavy damage occurred to ensure structures are safe for occupancy.

• These preliminary damage estimates may go up as more debris is removed and inspectors can get a closer look at the foundation and structural integrity of buildings affected.

Citizens are still asked to go online and fill out an Initial Disaster Intake/Assessment Form, which helps governmental agencies further assess the needs of residents in Madison County who were impacted by the storm on 5/27/2019. The website to fill out this assessment can be found at:

Business owners met in the Pendleton Town Hall on Thursday 5/30/2019 to learn about the recovery process and they were asked to provide financial numbers showing how this storm has impacted their business. Any business owners who were NOT part of this meeting and would like more information are asked to contact the town hall in Pendleton, IN. (100 W State Street, Pendleton, IN 46064) as soon as possible.


Pendleton, IN Storm Update

5/31/2019 9:00 AM

Clean up efforts continue today in southern Madison County, IN including Pendleton. Specialized disaster recovery clean up teams are in the area helping with clean up while large trucks and trailers are allowing debris away from the curb side.
Preliminary Damage Assessment Numbers have been released and can be found on our website at: Preliminary Damage Assessment Figures

We continue to remind citizens to be alert for safety while they are cleaning and working in the tornado damaged areas. Hazards can include, falling limbs, falling trees, cuts, lacerations, heat exhaustion, and cardiac related medical issues. If you need help, contact 911 for EMS assistance.

We do not need donations of goods. We ask businesses and organizations, please not send donated items. We are asking businesses and citizens who would like to make a donation to use our website for monetary donations. Monetary Disaster Relief Donations

If you are in Madison County and sustained any damage from the May 27 tornado, please visit 211 Get Connected to fill out our disaster relief form. If you are in need of additional assistance resources are available on our website or dial 2-1-1. #PendletonINStorm

5/30/2019 7:00 PM

The Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) has been closed as of 5:00 PM today. In just two days, over 400 volunteers registered to work in Pendleton and nearby neighborhoods. Volunteers have helped with chain saws, shovels, brooms, and even cleaning out flower beds by hand. “Without these volunteers, we would have never been able to help those in need the way we have over the past 48 hours” said Kim Hatfield-Rogers, from the United Way of Madison County.

Even though the VRC is being shut down, volunteer efforts will continue thru the weekend in coordination with the Indiana State VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters) utilizing highly specialized disaster response teams. Starting next week, volunteers will be coordinated on an as needed basis by scheduling these specialized disaster response teams and deploying them to specific areas in need.

The American Red Cross will remain at the Pendleton Christian Church (1170 S Pendleton Ave), providing assistance to families who have been impacted by this tornado.


June Jamboree, in Falls Park, will go on next week starting Tuesday 6/4/2019 at 5:00 PM. The festival will be operating on generators for portable power due to power still being out in Falls Park.

Thursday 2:00 PM

Volunteers – Volunteer Reception Center opened at 9:00 127 volunteers registered today.

EMS Calls Related to the Storm and Recovery: 1 (Monday night)

DONATION REQUEST: Anyone who is able to help facilitate dump truck to support the clean up efforts, we are in need. Please contact Jessica Bastin 317-370-5265

Thursday 6:00 AM

Power Outage – approximately 170 (down from 4,500 shortly after the incident)
Volunteers – Volunteer Reception Center opens at 9:00 AM (270 registered on Wednesday)
EMS Calls Related to the Storm and Recovery: 1 (Monday night)

All roads are now open in Pendleton, IN. There will be some roving road blocks throughout the day as utility crews and tree cleaning services are working in the area.

Falls Park remains closed at this time.

Volunteer Reception Center opens at 9:00 AM to register and coordinate volunteers who are wanting to come to Pendleton and help clean.

We do not need donations brought to Pendleton, IN. We ask anyone who would like to make a donation, please make monetary donations to Monetary Disaster Relief Donations

Wednesday 6:00 PM

Power Outage – approximately 700
Volunteers Registered: 241
EMS Calls Related to the Storm and Recovery: 1 (Monday night)

The restrictions in the SW corner of Pendleton will be lifted. State Street (St Rd 38) will be opened again. Falls Park will remain closed and there will be short term road restrictions while utility and tree removal crews are working.

All South Madison schools will re-open on Thursday.

Red Cross shelter at Pendleton Heights High School has been shut down as of 12:00 PM today.

Damage Assessment is complete. As soon as we have tallied numbers of damaged structures, we will release this information to the public and the media.

We do not need donations of goods. We ask businesses and organizations, please not send donated items. We are asking businesses and citizens who would like to make a donation to use our website for monetary donations. Monetary Disaster Relief Donations

2 Dumpsters are being placed in the community for citizens to use to dump their waste. Methodist Church State Street (delivered Thursday morning – Food Waste) and Browns Pool on Water Street (on site now)

We remind citizens to call 211 if they have questions or unmet needs.

Rolling food trucks from the Red Cross and Salvation Army will continue thru Thursday in the areas impacted by the storm.

Wednesday 9:00 AM

A Volunteer Reception Center is being opened at the Pendleton Christian Church 1170 S Pendleton Ave beginning at 10:00 AM.

Volunteers must be a minimum of 16 years of age. Sixteen and Seventeen year olds must have an adult supervisor. Volunteers must bring a photo identification card, gloves, and work shoes. ALL volunteers must check in at the VRC BEFORE beginning work.

Tuesday 3:00 PM

Here is a map showing the new area where residents are asked to Shelter In Place. The red highlighted area shows the perimeter which law enforcement is preventing motorists.

On Wednesday a Volunteer Reception Center is expected to open to help manage volunteers who wish to come and help with the clean up process. We will have more information on the VRC later tonight.

Donations can be accepted at Monetary Donations Website

If you are in Madison County and sustained any damage from the May 27 tornado, please visit 211 Get Connected to fill out our disaster relief form. If you are in need of additional assistance resources are available on our website or dial 2-1-1. #PendletonINStorm

Tuesday 11:45 AM

NWS has confirmed this was an EF-2 Tornado with winds between 111-135 MPH.

Some areas of Pendleton have begun to have power restored.

Tuesday 11:00 AM

Donations can be accepted at

The National Weather Service has declared this storm as a TORNADO that struck Pendleton. We do not know the size of this tornado, our partners at the NWS are still assessing the damage.

Tuesday 5-28-2019 7:00 AM

Pendleton, IN remains closed off to motorists. Indiana State Police and local law enforcement units have setup a perimeter closing the town to vehicles. State St. (State Road 38) thru Pendleton is CLOSED. State Road 67 North and South is open thru Pendleton.

Approximately 4,200 residents are without power. Utility crews have worked throughout the night on utility lines on the ground. Utility crews from other communities are coming in to assist with repairs. There is no estimated time when repairs will be completed.

Residents are still requested to Shelter In Place and remain inside homes for safety. Pendleton Heights High School is currently open as a shelter for anyone needing a place to go. Anyone needing shelter, please enter thru the main entrance. As the sun is coming up, we ask people do not start working outside around your home on repairs.

Once the Town of Pendleton lifts the Shelter in Place, and residents are able to go outside and assess the damage. Please contact your insurance company and make sure repairs are coordinated thru insurance. Beware of contractors who “show up” at your home to make repairs. Law Enforcement will be patrolling watching for clean up crews and scammers.

At this time, we are NOT ready for volunteers to assist with clean up. Volunteers will be coordinated thru our COAD (County Organizations Active in a Disaster) which are nongovernmental response organizations. We encourage citizens who want to assist with clean up efforts, to watch social media for important information about volunteering. We will post instructions when we are ready for this help.

Severe Weather Preparedness Week

This has been a great week for us in the Emergency Management office as we have been able to focus on preparedness with our followers. Preparedness is the key to surviving any storm or disaster event. Here is a recap of our week:

Sunday – Severe Weather Preparedness Kick off
Monday – Before the storm, now is the time to prepare
Tuesday – How will you receive your severe weather alerts?
Wednesday – Knowing the difference between a watch or a warning
Thursday – During the storm, safety tips
Friday – After the storm, how do you survive during recovery
Saturday – Recap of the week

We also hosted a Severe Weather Spotters course, which was free to the community, at Anderson University. Guest speakers from the National Weather Service – Indianapolis educated us on different weather patterns and things to be watching for when severe weather is threatening in our community. Our severe weather spotter training is an annual event, so if you missed this year’s event, please remember to mark your calendar for 2020.

We also tested our Alert and Notification system on Tuesday in conjunction with the NWS – Indianapolis and Indiana Department of Homeland Security Emergency Alert System (EAS) test. During our test, we activated Nixle to provide advance warning to our followers as well as activated our severe weather spotters which are part of EMA’s Amateur Radio Organization (RACES- Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services).

What to do After the Storm

After the storm passes and you have survived the storm, you still have to be alert for other dangers that can cause injury or even death if not handled properly. Depending on the severity of the damage and the population affected, emergency responders will likely be stretched thin and response times will be impacted. After a major storm, we educate the public that emergency response could be 24-72 hours before help arrives. This is why it is so important to have a disaster supply kit for you and your family to survive. We also encourage the public to learn first aid and CPR, contact your local fire department or the American Red Cross for more information.

Here are some important tips to remember After the storm:

 If injured, seek necessary medical care.
 Help others who may be trapped or injured, if it can be done safely.
 Stay out of damaged buildings and any building surrounded by flood water.
 Avoid entering ANY building (home, business, etc.) until local officials indicate it is safe.
 Report broken utility lines to the appropriate authorities.
 Wear sturdy shoes and use extreme caution when entering buildings.
 Use battery powered lanterns or flashlights when examining buildings.
 Watch for loose plaster, drywall and ceilings that could fall.
 Look for fire hazards and beware of possible water, gas or oil leaks.
 Watch out for animals, especially poisonous snakes that may have come into buildings with the

After Returning Home:
 Take pictures of the damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance claims.
 Throw away food that has come into contact with floodwater.
 Pump out flooded basements gradually (about one-third of the water per day) to avoid structural damage.
 Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits and leaching systems as soon as possible.
 Contact the local health department before
making repairs to septic systems.

Be sure to follow Madison County EMA on all of our Social Media outlets for information after the storm.

During the Storm Tips

So far this week we have talked about preparedness tips, ways to receive the watch and warning, the differences of a watch versus warning and now we need to talk about what to do during severe weather. Your actions during a storm could save your life or the life of someone dear to you.

 Postpone or cancel outdoor activities and monitor weather reports on radio, television websites and social media.
 For lightning, shelter inside a building or hardtop vehicle, but do not touch the metal inside.
 Do NOT go near isolated tall trees or any other tall objects, or near downed power lines.
 Do NOT stop at underpasses. Wind speeds increase and can cause serious injuries.
 If tornados are expected while in a vehicle, get out and take shelter in a strong building if possible.
 During tornado warnings, mobile home residents need to evacuate immediately. Shelter in a
building with a strong foundation.
 If caught out in the middle of a body of water, return to shore as soon as possible.
 Basements, inner rooms and storm cellars provide the best protection during a thunderstorm or
tornado. Stay in the center of the room, away from doors and windows.

If you need to evacuate due to the storm, here are some evacuation tips to remember.

 If flooding is possible, evacuate the house and get to higher ground. Know the area and make sure to know alternate escape routes in case one is blocked.
 Take pets, however, shelters may NOT allow pets inside due to sanitary conditions, so plan
 Do NOT try to drive through water. As little as a few inches of moving water can wash most cars
away with the current.
 Do NOT try to cross moving water on foot. As little as a few inches can knock adults off their feet.

During the storm, these are helpful tips which should help everyone stay safe and “weather the storm”

Watch or Warning?

We can teach our followers about being prepared, how to receive severe weather alerts, however if you do not understand the difference between a Watch and Warning, it does us no good to warn you.

Watch – A watch is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrological event may occur in the next 8 hours. A watch means weather conditions MAY deteriorate and develop into severe weather.

Warning – A warning is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, imminent, or likely. A warning means weather conditions pose a threat to life or property.

A WATCH means to be alert for the possibility of changing weather and changing conditions. Be sure you have a means to receive warnings in the event weather conditions deteriorate. During a WATCH time period is a good time to review where you will shelter if necessary and check your disaster supply kit.

A WARNING means severe weather has been spotted in your area and you should take appropriate protective actions immediately. Once a warning is issued, you may have only minutes to take action, immediately stop what you are doing and seek shelter.

The NWS has a website dedicated to the definition of the severe weather types which they provide watches and warnings. NWS Watches and WARNINGS

How do you receive your severe weather alerts?

All Hazard Alert Radio

Continuing our series this week on Severe Weather Preparedness, today we will look at methods to receive severe weather alerts.

During times of severe weather, advanced warning is the key to saving lives. We recommend everyone has at least two methods to receive severe weather alerts at all times. This means you should have two methods to receive while you are at work, and at home. Remember that when you are sleeping, you may not hear your cellular phone device or it may be on night night mode to allow you to sleep.

The National Weather Service maintains a system for activating All Hazard Alert Radios which activate whenever severe weather, man-made or technological disaster is occurring in your area. Technology has advanced to the point, you only receive these alerts in your area when they are impacting your location. In other words, if a storm has already passed you or is moving in a direction which does not threat you, the alert will not be activated. The All Hazard Alert radios are great for notifications at night when you and your family are asleep. Here is a link to the NWS page for information on All Hazard Receivers. National Weather Radios

A second method to receive weather alerts and other emergency notifications on your email, text or by dial phone is Madison County’s Nixle Alert and Notification System. This is a FREE service for our citizens to sign up to receive. We only use this system when severe weather or an emergency threatens Madison County, IN. The staff from Madison County EMA controls this system and is never used for political, business advertising nor other NON-emergency related information. Signing up for this system is simple and easy. There are two methods to sign up:

1. If you only want to sign up to receive text (SMS) notifications, you can text the word MADISONCOEMA to 888-777 and sign up.

2. You can go to and create an account which then allows you to sign up to receive email, text or telephone messaging.

This system is fully funded by the Madison County Council thru local tax dollars. Alert and Notification systems such as Nixle are much more cost effective than purchasing outdoor sirens which only cover a small geographical area and each siren system can cost $50,000 per unit.

Receive community information instantly! Sign up at today! It’s quick, easy and secure.

Another system for receiving weather alerts is to sign up with the National Weather Service and receive severe weather warnings direct from NWS. Here is a link to help you enroll for Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) from NWS. Wireless Emergency Alerts . Also most of the Television stations in central Indiana also have notification systems on their website as well for their users.

Important Tips for Severe Weather Preparedness

Before the storm, it is always good to take preparedness actions around your home or business. By taking some simple preventive actions now, you can lessen the impact or damage caused by severe weather. Now is the time to tackle these preparedness tips, BEFORE the threat of storms is imminent. Tom Ecker, Executive Director for Madison County Emergency Management & Department of Homeland Security says “To many times we hear that citizens were not prepared for the storm and it cost them their home, their cars, or worse, their family. It is our job as Emergency Managers to help educate and keep our citizens informed and through our Outreach and Public Information Division we are trying to make a difference.”

Here are some very important Preparedness Tips to follow Before the Storm:

 Keep trees trimmed to prevent limbs from falling onto buildings,
cars or people.
 Contact insurance provider to purchase flood insurance.
 Be aware of flood plains or areas that repetitively flood in the area.
 If in a flood plain, put hot water heaters, electrical panels and
furnaces away from the ground.
 Have basements waterproofed.
 If flooding is possible, try to create a barrier between homes and the water.
 In case of evacuation, make sure that preparedness kits are portable.
 Build a disaster preparedness kit for your family . Disaster Kit – Build it 1 item a week for 52 weeks
 Have a plan at home, work and at school where to shelter in place during a tornado warning. Additional Tornado Shelter Tips

For more information on Severe Weather Preparedness tips, be sure to follow us on social media, and check our website regularly.