Quincy, MA -- Residents and business owners in the seven Massachusetts counties who suffered losses as a result of severe weather and flooding have a little more than two weeks to apply for state and federal disaster aid. The deadline is June 9.
"We've had more than 5,000 applicants requesting help," said Louis H Botta, federal coordinating officer for the Massachusetts disaster-recovery effort. "However, there may be people who have not applied who need help. We would like to reach person who suffered damage following the March storms and encourage them to apply for assistance."
Botta urged anyone who suffered damages or losses as a result of that flooding to begin the process by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) toll-free registration number, 1-800-462-9029. Speech- and hearing-impaired applicants can call 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).
As of May 22, federal and state officials report more than $7.2 million has been disbursed to residents of Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk and Worcester counties in the form of grants for housing assistance and other serious disaster-related needs, and as U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest loans for homeowners, renters and businesses.
"If you already have applied and have questions about your application, you can call the FEMA Helpline for information, even after the deadline has passed," says Stephen J. McGrail, State Coordinating Officer and Director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). The Helpline number is 1-800-525-0321. The number for speech- and hearing-impaired applicants is 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).