MERRIMACK, N.H. -- Only two weeks remain for individuals and business owners in New Hampshire disaster-designated counties who sustained losses or damage but have yet to register for federal and state disaster assistance.
December 27, 2005, is the final day to register for disaster assistance for those affected by the severe storms and flooding in the disaster-designated counties of Belknap, Cheshire, Grafton, Hillsborough, Merrimack and Sullivan counties.
“We will continue to process existing assistance registrations, but the deadline to call and register is Tuesday, December 27,” Peter Martinasco, federal coordinating officer with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said.
There are two easy ways to begin the registration process. Call FEMA’s toll-free number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 1-800-462-7585. Both numbers are available seven days a week from 6 a.m. to midnight until further notice. Multilingual operators are also available to answer your call. Residents with Internet access may register on the agency’s website at http://www.fema.gov where valuable recovery information also is available.
“Don’t assume that you are not eligible for assistance,” State Coordinating Officer Michael Poirier of the New Hampshire Bureau of Emergency Management (BEM), said. “We don’t want to miss anyone who may need help in the recovery process in the wake of the severe storms and flooding which took place in October.”
Even if you have insurance, you may still be eligible for disaster assistance for under-insured losses. However, in order to complete an application, FEMA will need the resident’s insurance settlement information to avoid any duplication of benefits.
Applications may be updated and will continue to be processed after the December 27 deadline, but no additional registrations for assistance will be accepted. Helpline representatives (at the numbers listed above) are available to answer questions about assistance or check the status of a caller’s application. Multilingual representatives are available when needed.
Disaster assistance available to victims includes grants for temporary housing; repairing disaster-damaged, uninsured or underinsured homes to a livable condition, and for serious, disaster-related needs and expenses not covered by insurance or other assistance programs; U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans are available to individuals and businesses to repair or replace damaged property.