Williston, VT -- A toll-free telephone number is in operation for people affected by the flooding of June 5-13 to apply for disaster assistance. Residents and businesses affected by the flooding are urged to call the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) toll-free number at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The hours of operation are 8 am-6 pm, Monday-Saturday. Hearing or speech impaired individuals may call TTY at 1-800-462-7585.
Four Vermont counties were designated July 12 for individual and business assistance including Caledonia, Franklin, Lamoille, and Orleans. The designation opens the way for a wide range of federal and state disaster assistance for the victims of flooding.
Individual disaster assistance programs include: grants for short-term rental needs; grants to make minimal home repairs; low-interest U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans to repair or replace damage to homes, businesses and personal property; grants to meet serious disaster-related needs not covered by other programs.
Callers should be prepared to provide the following information: name, social security number, income, address of the damaged property and a phone number where they currently can be reached.