PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - Maine residents who suffered losses caused by the April nor'easter have only one week left to register for disaster assistance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) are urging all those affected to apply by Monday, July 9.
Aid is available for eligible residents and business owners who sustained damage from the severe storms and flooding occurring April 15-23. Such assistance may include grants for temporary housing and home repair, funds for replacement of damaged or destroyed property, or low interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
"Give FEMA a call and apply if your home or business suffered damage in April's nor'easter," said Ginnie Ricker, state coordinating officer, MEMA. "So far, more than 1,000 Mainers have received some type of disaster assistance. But with just a week left, it is important that anyone who has not registered with FEMA do so now."
There are two ways to apply for federal disaster aid. Residents may call FEMA's toll-free numbers 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for those with speech or hearing impairment. Both numbers are available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Residents with Internet access have the option to apply on the agency's Web site at www.fema.gov. Valuable recovery information is also available on the Web site.
"With the deadline for federal aid approaching, we want to encourage anyone with flood damage to call us and register," said Albie Lewis, federal coordinating officer, FEMA. "Even if you have insurance, or don?t think you will receive aid, call and register. FEMA has several different disaster aid programs available to help people recover."
In addition to FEMA assistance, the SBA administers a low-interest loan program for uninsured or underinsured disaster-related losses to homeowners and businesses of all sizes. SBA loan applications are also due on July 9. Even individuals who do not believe they will qualify for loans or are not interested in a low-interest loan are encouraged to submit an application with the SBA. For more about SBA loans call 1-800-659-2955.
Applications may be updated and will continue to be processed after the July 9 application deadline. Helpline representatives (at the toll-free numbers above) are available to answer questions about assistance or check the status of an application.
Monday, July 9, is the final day to apply for assistance for those affected by severe storms and flooding in the following disaster-designated counties: Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Sagadahoc, Cumberland and York.