WINDSOR, Conn. -- With most eligible individuals already registered for assistance, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency is reducing the hours that operators will be available for telephone registration. As of Monday, July 30, the toll-free number will be staffed Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-7p.m. EDT.
The registration number is 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Hearing- and speech-impaired residents may call TTY 1-800-462-7585. Individuals may also register at www.FEMA.gov 24 hours a day.
“Residents with flood-related losses in Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London and Windham counties have until August 13 to register for FEMA assistance,” said Governor M. Jodi Rell. “I again urge anyone who is eligible and has not yet registered to call FEMA and register today.”
FEMA Individual Assistance for losses caused by storms and flooding April 15-27 became available after a June 13 presidential disaster declaration. The Individual Assistance program provides grants to help repair or replace structures and personal property and to pay for some other storm-related expenses.
“While Connecticut residents are still calling, we have seen a dramatic reduction in the number of people calling to register,” said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Parker. Registrations for Individual Assistance number 2,234 as of Friday, July 27.
The Small Business Administration has sent applications for low-interest loans to many people who have registered for FEMA assistance. Completing the application may be required to receive some types of aid. Anyone with questions about the SBA application may call SBA’s toll free help line 1-800-659-2955 or online at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.
SBA representatives are staffing Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in Danbury and Greenwich through August 10 to answer questions and help individuals complete their low-interest loan applications.
155 Deer Hill Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810
Hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
West Greenwich Civic Center
449 Pemberwick Road
Greenwich, CT 06831
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
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. FEMA administers the National Flood Insurance Program through its Federal Insurance Administration.