Massachusetts Tropical Storm Irene (DR-4028)
Incident period: August 27, 2011 to August 29, 2011
Major Disaster Declaration declared on September 3, 2011
Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
October 3, 2011
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- The Buckland Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), located at the Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 26 Ashfield Road in Shelburne Falls, Mass 01370 will close permanently at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11, disaster officials announced today. It will also be closed over the Columbus Day weekend, - Saturday through Monday - from 6 p.m. on Friday and reopen for its final day of operation on Tuesday, Oct. 11.
September 30, 2011
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Many Massachusetts residents received assistance from a number of volunteer agencies following the damages caused by Tropical Storm Irene during the period August 27 - 29. This is not the same as receiving assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
September 30, 2011
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Inevitably, some people affected by Tropical Storm Irene will not meet the eligibility requirements of government disaster aid programs or will have serious unmet needs even after receiving help from these programs. For these individuals and families, assistance may come from committees made up of faith-based organizations, non-profit agencies and state and local agency personnel who work on situations that may range from home repair to counseling.
September 29, 2011
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- After an individual registers for federal disaster assistance for damage and losses caused by Tropical Storm Irene, The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mails a copy of the application and a copy of the publication “Help after a Disaster: A Guide to the Individuals and Households Program” to the applicant that answers frequently asked questions about the assistance process.
September 27, 2011
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Applicants for federal disaster assistance who receive a letter informing them they are not eligible for reimbursement for damages caused by Tropical Storm Irene during the period August 27-29 may still be able to get help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
September 23, 2011
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Residents in flooded areas of Berkshire and Franklin counties should have their septic systems and wells checked for safety, federal and state disaster recovery officials advise. Floodwaters can cause septic tanks to fill and overflow, resulting in possible health risks and environmental problems. Private water wells can become contaminated by bacteria and pollutants carried in flood waters.