Merrimack, NH - New Hampshire residents in disaster-declared counties whose wells or septic systems were damaged as a result of the October severe storms and floods, may be eligible for financial assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to complete necessary repairs.
Homeowners in declared areas may be eligible for grant funding to pump septic tanks, perform required repairs or replace the system as needed. Damaged private wells that are the sole source of water for the home also may be repaired or decontaminated.
"We don't want anyone living in a house with contaminated water or exposed to raw sewage," said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Peter Martinasco. "Applicants for state and federal disaster assistance should advise the FEMA inspector that they have a private well and septic system."
Home-repair grants are designed to restore the home to a livable and sanitary condition. To qualify for this disaster assistance, applicants must own their home and the home must be their primary residence. Grants are not intended to restore a home to pre-disaster condition and cannot be used for cosmetic repairs or repairs covered by insurance.
Any New Hampshire resident in a declared county who suffered damage or losses from the recent severe storms and flooding can register for disaster assistance by calling the FEMA toll-free registration number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The number for those with hearing or speech impairment is (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Phone lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week until further notice. Individuals may also register for disaster assistance at the FEMA website www.fema.gov.
FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, trains first responders, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.