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 DisasterLoan.sba.gov.

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 disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov. 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 Tharmeson@madisoncounty.in.gov 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: https://in211.communityos.org/idhs-damage-assessment

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 https://www.unitedwaymadisonco.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=102

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.

Thursday Severe Weather Threat

An unusual mix of weather is in store for today starting with dense fog, followed by periods of heavy rain along with some moderate chance for damaging winds following by crashing temperatures and chilling winds (20mph with gusts to low 30’s) through tomorrow. SPC has placed Madison County is in a slight region for severe storms with the greatest threat being damaging winds. A tornado can not be completely ruled out but is less probable. The window for greatest threat of severe weather looks to be 11AM – 4PM. Rain fall additions for the county look to be on the order of 1” but models vary some. The risk of flooding continues along with frozen patches of ice Friday morning. Low temps Fri. morning of mid teens rising to 20 or so for a high. The Madison County EMA Warning Division will be monitoring the weather assessment and will provide updates as necessary.

Signs of Hypothermia

According to the Mayo Clinic, hypothermia is a medical emergency that occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature. Normal body temperature is around 98.6 F (37 C). Hypothermia (hi-poe-THUR-me-uh) occurs as your body temperature falls below 95 F (35 C).

When your body temperature drops, your heart, nervous system and other organs can’t work normally. Left untreated, hypothermia can eventually lead to complete failure of your heart and respiratory system and eventually to death.

Hypothermia is often caused by exposure to cold weather or immersion in cold water. Primary treatments for hypothermia are methods to warm the body back to a normal temperature.

Shivering is likely the first thing you’ll notice as the temperature starts to drop because it’s your body’s automatic defense against cold temperature — an attempt to warm itself.

Signs and symptoms of hypothermia include:

– Shivering
– Slurred speech or mumbling
– Slow, shallow breathing
– Weak pulse
– Clumsiness or lack of coordination
– Drowsiness or very low energy
– Confusion or memory loss
– Loss of consciousness
– Bright red, cold skin (in infants)

Someone with hypothermia usually isn’t aware of his or her condition because the symptoms often begin gradually. Also, the confused thinking associated with hypothermia prevents self-awareness. The confused thinking can also lead to risk-taking behavior

Call 911 or your local emergency number if you suspect someone has hypothermia.

While you wait for emergency help to arrive, gently move the person inside if possible. Jarring movements can trigger dangerous irregular heartbeats. Carefully remove his or her wet clothing, replacing it with warm, dry coats or blankets.

Wind Chill Advisory Issued

* WHAT…Very cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as 20 below zero expected.

* WHERE…Portions of central, east central, north central and west central Indiana.

* WHEN…From 6 PM this evening to noon EST Monday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.


A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frostbite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves.

Winter Health Safety Tips

Here are some important Winter Weather Health Safety Tips everyone should follow.

Shoveling Snow
Shoveling snow can be a strenuous activity, particularly because cold weather can be tasking on the body. There is a potential for exhaustion, dehydration, back injuries, or heart attacks. During snow removal in addition to following the tips for avoiding cold stress, such as taking frequent breaks in warm areas, there are other precautions workers can take to avoid injuries. Workers should warm-up before the activity, scoop small amounts of snow at a time and where possible, push the snow instead of lifting it. The use of proper lifting technique is necessary to avoid back and other injuries when shoveling snow: keep the back straight, lift with the legs and do not turn or twist the body.

Using Powered Equipment like Snow Blowers
It is important to make sure that powered equipment, such as snow blowers are properly grounded to protect workers from electric shocks or electrocutions. When performing maintenance or cleaning, make sure the equipment is properly guarded and is disconnected from power sources.

Snow blowers commonly cause lacerations or amputations when operators attempt to clear jams with the equipment turned on. Never attempt to clear a jam by hand. First, turn the snow blower off and wait for all moving parts to stop, and then use a long stick to clear wet snow or debris from the machine. Keep your hands and feet away from moving parts. Refuel a snow blower prior to starting the machine; do not add fuel when the equipment is running or when the engine is hot.

Preventing Slips on Snow and Ice
To prevent slips, trips, and falls, employers should clear walking surfaces of snow and ice, and spread deicer, as quickly as possible after a winter storm. In addition, the following precautions will help reduce the likelihood of injuries:

Wear proper footwear when walking on snow or ice is unavoidable, because it is especially treacherous. A pair of insulated and water resistant boots with good rubber treads is a must for walking during or after a winter storm. Keeping a pair of rubber over-shoes with good treads which fit over your street shoes is a good idea during the winter months.
Take short steps and walk at a slower pace so you can react quickly to a change in traction, when walking on an icy or snow-covered walkway.

Stranded in a Vehicle
If you are stranded in a vehicle, stay in the vehicle. Call for emergency assistance if needed, response time may be slow in severe winter weather conditions. Notify your supervisor of your situation. Do not leave the vehicle to search for assistance unless help is visible within 100 yards. You may become disoriented and get lost in blowing and drifting snow. Display a trouble sign by hanging a brightly colored cloth on the vehicle’s radio antenna and raising the hood. Turn on the vehicle’s engine for about 10 minutes each hour and run the heat to keep warm. Also, turn on the vehicle’s dome light when the vehicle is running as an additional signal. Beware of carbon monoxide poisoning. Keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow, and open a downwind window slightly for ventilation.

Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia. Do minor exercises to maintain good blood circulation in your body. Clap hands and move arms and legs occasionally. Try not to stay in one position for too long. Stay awake, you will be less vulnerable to cold-related health problems. Use blankets, newspapers, maps, and even the removable car mats for added insulation. Avoid overexertion since cold weather puts an added strain on the heart. Unaccustomed exercise such as shoveling snow or pushing a vehicle can bring on a heart attack or make other medical conditions worse.