SANTA FE, Texas -- More than $1 million in grants has been approved since the Presidential disaster declaration was issued for New Mexico on August 30, 2006 , according to figures released today by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the New Mexico Office of Emergency Management.
The following is an update of recovery activities at close of business Thursday, Sept. 14th:
- 780 registrations have been received.
- 696 applicants have visited one of two Disaster Recovery Centers in Hatch and Alamogordo.
- Disaster grants totaling $1,039,215 have been approved for the Individuals and Household Program.
- The major disaster made 16 counties eligible for the Public Assistance Program to assist with infrastructure losses. To date, 16 requests for public assistance have been received.
- Applicants’ briefings for the Public Assistance Program were held this week in Luna, Valencia, Otero, Lincoln, Socorro, Cibola, and Dona Ana counties. Applicants’ briefings will be held next week for Torrance, Guadalupe, San Miguel, Mora, Harding, Sandoval, Sierra, Grant and Hidalgo.
- 124 FEMA employees are working in New Mexico at the present time to help in the recovery.
The Disaster Recovery Center Hours
The Disaster Recovery Centers in both Hatch and Dona Ana are open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to provide information to residents and business owners who suffered damages caused by the severe storms and flooding beginning on July 26, 2006 and continuing.
Application and Helpline Numbers Continue to Operate
Individuals, families and business owners who suffered losses in the declared counties (Dona Ana and Otero) should apply for assistance by calling FEMA’s toll-free number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for those with hearing or speech impairment. These numbers are available 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are available to take calls. Individuals with Internet access have the option to apply on FEMA’s website at www.fema.gov, where valuable recovery information is also available.
Individuals and Households Program
Individuals and families whose permanent homes were damaged or destroyed by the recent severe storms and flooding and live in either declared counties of Dona Ana or Otero, may be eligible for the Individuals and Households Program. This assistance may be used for temporary disaster housing assistance, repairing disaster-damaged, uninsured homes to a safe, sanitary and functional condition and replacement grants for serious, disaster-related needs and expenses not covered by insurance or other assistance programs.
Small Business Administration
U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Customer Service Representatives continue to provide individuals and business owners assistance in completing their loan applications, answering their questions about the SBA disaster loan program, and accepting their completed applications.
Public Assistance Program
The Public Assistance Program provides funds to eligible municipalities, public agencies and qualified private non-profit organizations for approved costs of debris removal, emergency protective measures, road repairs, repair of water control facilities and restoration of buildings, utilities, and recreational facilities.
The New Mexico Declaration and Amendment
The original declaration was announced on August 30, 2006 to help people and communities recover from the effects of severe storms and flooding beginning on July 26, 2006 and continuing. The Presidential declaration made federal funding available to affected individuals in Dona Ana County ...