SANTA FE, N.M. -- Those who received damages from the severe storms and flooding between July 26 and Sept. 18, 2006 are still eligible to apply for disaster assistance, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and New Mexico Office of Emergency Management officials.
“Any damage resulting from severe storms and flooding after the closing date of Sept. 18 will not be covered by the disaster declaration,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Tony Russell.
State Coordinating Officer Tim Manning said: “Governor Richardson is pleased with efforts and presence in New Mexico made by FEMA.’
The following is an update of recovery activities at close of business Thursday, Sept. 21:
- 1,011 registrations have been received.
- 1,027 applicants have visited one of two Disaster Recovery Centers in Hatch and Alamogordo.
- Disaster funds totaling $ 1,250,050 have been approved for the Individuals and Household Program.
- FEMA has approved and funded $36,961 for crisis counseling for disaster victims. Training for State Department of Health representatives will be held the week of Sept. 25 in Las Cruces.
- 17 counties were made eligible as a result of the disaster for the Public Assistance Program to assist with infrastructure losses. To date, 69 requests for public assistance have been received.
- Applicants’ briefings for the Public Assistance Program were held this week for Torrance, Guadalupe, Hidalgo, San Miguel, Mora, Harding, Sandoval, Sierra, and Grant counties.
The Disaster Recovery Center Hours
The Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in both Hatch and Alamogordo remain open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. DRCs provide information to residents and business owners who suffered damages caused by the severe storms and flooding between July 26 and Sept. 18, 2006.
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 funds 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.