Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
October 22, 2011
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- On Tuesday, October 25, Williamstown Public Access Channel 17 WilliNet will provide area residents with an opportunity to get answers to their questions about disaster assistance. During the one-half hour live broadcast beginning at 7 p.m., individuals may call 413-458-0900 and speak with the participants on-air.
October 21, 2011
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Flooding is a significant threat throughout Massachusetts, as demonstrated by recent floods throughout western Massachusetts following Tropical Storm Irene in August and by the March 2010 flooding throughout eastern Massachusetts. As many Massachusetts flood survivors discovered, homeowners insurance does not cover all flood events.
October 20, 2011
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- As of October 20, 2011, five more Massachusetts counties (Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Norfolk and Plymouth) are eligible to receive Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) funding for response and recovery efforts due to damage and losses caused by Tropical Storm Irene from August 27 to 29. Nine counties are now eligible for PA. Four counties – Berkshire, Franklin, Hamden and Hampton – are part of the original presidential disaster declaration on September 3, 2011, that included Public Assistance for the Commonwealth.
October 20, 2011
Disaster Federal Register Notice
October 19, 2011
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- The window is quickly closing for residents of Berkshire and Franklin counties to register for disaster help. An online visit or a single phone call can qualify an individual head of household or business owner for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
October 18, 2011
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Before beginning new construction or repairs to property damaged by Tropical Storm Irene, Massachusetts residents are encouraged to consult with their local building officials to get any required permits.
October 17, 2011
WESTFIELD, Mass -- As of 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, more than $3 million in federal assistance has been approved to help individuals with disaster expenses for damage and losses caused by Tropical Storm Irene in Berkshire and Franklin counties from August 27 to 29. To date, 1159 people from Berkshire and Franklin counties have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and FEMA-contracted inspectors have completed 861 inspections. The federal assistance includes $2,784,908 in housing aid to help homeowners and renters:
October 15, 2011
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Following Tropical Storm Irene’s destructive path through western Massachusetts in late August, officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) want to inform all recovering municipalities and nonprofit organizations that there may be additional funding available to reduce or prevent future flood damage.
October 14, 2011
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Destructive flooding regularly occurs throughout Massachusetts, yet only about two percent of the state’s residents and business owners have flood insurance. Some may not be purchasing insurance due to a number of myths about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
October 13, 2011
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Individuals and business owners in Berkshire and Franklin counties have three weeks left to register for disaster help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The deadline for residents to apply for disaster assistance for damages or losses caused by Tropical Storm Irene’s flooding from August 27 through 29 is 10 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2, 2011.