FEMA disaster assistance deadline extended

By WEEK Producer

January 23, 2014 Updated Jan 23, 2014 at 8:34 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The push for federal disaster aid continues to increase in the nation's capital.

State Senators Jason Barickman of Bloomington and Darin LaHood of Dunlap were among a group that sent a letter to President Obama seeking assistance.

Earlier this month, FEMA denied aid after recovery costs for state governments because they didn't reach a $17.8 million threshold.

A handful of house members, including Aaron Schock and Cheri Bustos introduced legislation in Washington on Thursday what would change the way that threshold is decided.    

In the meantime, the deadline for tornado victims to apply for FEMA aid has been extended to February 3.

To do so, call 1-800-621-FEMA or visit www.disasterassistance.gov.