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

June 30, 2011
News Release
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) remind residents and business owners to get the appropriate building permits before beginning any work on their property damaged by the June 1 severe storms and tornadoes. Municipalities require builders to get appropriate construction permits before they launch any rebuilding or significant repair project.
June 30, 2011
News Release
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Seniors need not worry about losing Social Security and Medicare benefits if they receive federal disaster assistance as a result of the June 1severe storms and tornadoes in Hampden and Worcester Counties. Disaster assistance grants are not considered taxable income and will not affect Social Security or Medicare. The first step for seniors or anyone else seeking federal aid is to register with FEMA:
June 29, 2011
News Release
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- In the aftermath of Massachusetts' devastating tornadoes, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials are advising those who have sustained damage to be aware of potential scams and fraud.
June 28, 2011
News Release
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Disaster assistance often provides benefits not covered by insurance. That is why the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are urging residents affected by the June 1 severe storms and tornadoes to apply for assistance even if they have insurance. You should register with FEMA even if you notified your insurance company, registered with the state, reported damage to your local emergency manager, or contacted the Red Cross or other voluntary agencies.
June 28, 2011
News Release
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Less than two weeks after President Obama signed a major disaster declaration for Hampden and Worcester Counties, more than $2 million in disaster assistance has been approved, according to officials with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
June 27, 2011
News Release
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA) officials announced changes today in the operation of Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Hampden and Worcester Counties. There are eight DRCs currently open, connecting disaster applicants with state and federal specialists to help survivors start their recoveries. All DRCs are open this week, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. EDT Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT Friday.

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