PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- In the one month that has passed since President Bush declared a major disaster for New Hampshire on April 27, more than $5.2 million in grants and low interest disaster loans have been approved to help New Hampshire residents recover, according to figures released today by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM).
The following is a summary of ongoing recovery efforts, as of close of business May 29:
- 1,713 individuals have applied for assistance in the six New Hampshire counties designated for individual assistance. The application deadline is June 26.
- $2,598,952 in Housing Assistance has been approved for 992 applicants, to cover rental assistance, temporary lodging, and repairs to make the home safe and sanitary.
- $199,974 in Other Needs Assistance has been approved for 156 applicants, to cover personal property loss, medical or dental costs and other serious disaster-related expenses, not covered by insurance.
- $2,329,000 in loans has been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for homeowners and businesses. To date, 1,402 home loan and 199 business loan applications have been issued. SBA continues to operate a Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Manchester.
- $144,304 in Public Assistance has been obligated to reimburse local governments and certain private non-profits for eligible emergency protective services, debris removal and the repair and rebuilding of infrastructure. To date, 199 Requests for Public Assistance have been received from eligible applicants.
- 727 people have visited one of the 11 Disaster Recovery Centers that opened in the disaster-affected areas to offer residents the opportunity to visit one-on-one with recovery specialists and get their questions answered about disaster assistance.
- 941 people have visited Mitigation Workshops, and 381 people received individual mitigation counseling; so far 8 Mitigation Workshops have been held in home-improvement centers throughout New Hampshire to inform residents about cost-effective ways to lessen the impact of future disasters.
The FEMA application and helpline continues to serve the residents of New Hampshire. Individuals, families and business owners who suffered losses in Belknap, Grafton, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham and Strafford should apply for assistance by logging onto www.fema.gov or calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for those with hearing or speech impairment, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Both numbers also can be used to check on the status of an application. For questions regarding SBA disaster loans, call 1-800-659-2955.
FEMA coordinates the federal government?s role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror. For more information visit www.fema.gov/region1/ or www.nhoem.state.nh.us.