ANDOVER, Mass. -- Massachusetts residents affected by the severe storms and flooding in May, now have only a few days left to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for possible state and federal disaster assistance. Registrations cannot be accepted after the Monday, August 7, 2006, deadline.
Recovery officials urge residents and business owners with flood-related damage in the disaster-declared counties of Essex, Middlesex and Suffolk to register online at www.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The number for those with speech or hearing impairment is TTY: 1-800-462-7585. Lines are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.
It is imperative that those who may need assistance not delay in applying. A pivotal part of the recovery process is getting the right type of assistance to those who need it and registration is the first step toward determining those needs.
Low-interest disaster loans are also available through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for uninsured or underinsured damages to homes, personal property and businesses. More information on SBA loans can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955.
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.