NEWINGTON, N.H. -- There have been a total of 4,672 home and business owners who have made application with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for assistance since President Bush signed the disaster declaration for individual assistance for Carroll, Belknap, Merrimack, Strafford, Hillsboro and Rockingham counties.
Inspectors who have the task of collecting information from those who have registered which may result in financial assistance to victims need to have the most up to date information on those who have already registered.
“The first rule of applying for disaster assistance is keeping in touch,” said Kenneth Clark, the federal coordinating officer.
After every disaster many displace families change addresses after registering with FEMA. Sometimes in the process they forget to call the registration line (1-800-621-FEMA (3362)) to update their address and leave a phone number where they can be reached.
“It is important for applicants to stay in touch with federal officials. The phone number given at the time of registration is the only one FEMA will have,” said Mike Poirier, state coordinating officer.
FEMA and the state emphasized that being out of contact will delay a family’s recovery from the effects of the flooding and prolong its difficult living conditions.
FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.