Massachusetts Severe Storms and Tornadoes (DR-1994)

Incident period: June 1, 2011
Major Disaster Declaration declared on June 15, 2011

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

July 9, 2011
News Release
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- FEMA-Commonwealth Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Hampden and Worcester Counties are changing their hours of operation to serve residents who sustained losses from the severe storms and tornadoes of June 1. The DRCs connect disaster survivors with state and federal specialists to help survivors start their recoveries. The Brimfield DRC is now closed. Effective Monday, July 11, all remaining DRCs will be open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., EDT, Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., EDT and closed on Sundays.
July 8, 2011
News Release
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- State and federal disaster assistance payments are bringing needed financial help to homeowners, renters and business owners who suffered damages in the June 1 severe storms and tornadoes. However, those payments come with some words of advice from officials from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): Be cautious, use the funds wisely and only for their intended purpose.
July 8, 2011
News Release
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Residents of Hampden and Worcester Counties who stayed at hotels, motels or other short-term lodging at their own expense because their homes were damaged in the June 1 severe storms and tornadoes may be eligible for reimbursement of those expenses. Survivors must have had damage to their homes or loss of utilities on or after the June 1 incident that forced them to relocate.
July 6, 2011
News Release
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Residents of Hampden and Worcester Counties who could not work because of the severe storms and tornadoes June 1 may qualify for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). This program helps people who would not qualify for standard unemployment compensation programs. To be eligible, disaster survivors need to live, work or own a business in Hampden or Worcester Counties, which have been designated for Individual Assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).
July 5, 2011
News Release
WESTFIELD, MA. -- More than $2.5 million in disaster assistance has been approved for survivors of the June 1 severe storms and tornadoes in Hampden and Worcester Counties, according to officials with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). As of July 4, close to 3,500 residents have registered for disaster assistance. Eligible applicants include homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained property damage stemming from the severe storms and tornadoes of June 1.
July 1, 2011
News Release
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Many people recovering from the June 1 severe storms and tornadoes in Hampden and Worcester Counties have been helped, but many more may be eligible for federal disaster assistance. Disaster assistance helps fill the gaps in recovery, even for those who get insurance payouts or other assistance. Here are common reasons why people fail to register:

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