PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - As communities continue to rebuild roads and other infrastructure damaged by the April nor'easter and subsequent flooding, more than $25 million has reached the state to help in the recovery process, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
FEMA's Public Assistance program continues to assist long-term recovery in all New Hampshire counties. So far, nearly $17 million in Public Assistance has been obligated to reimburse local governments, state agencies and certain private nonprofits. This program provides funding for eligible costs incurred for emergency protective services, debris removal and the repair and rebuilding of public infrastructure.
In addition, more than $2.95 million in assistance for individuals and families was disbursed to cover rental assistance, temporary lodging and grants for home repairs not covered by insurance. Another $274,268 was approved for personal property loss, medical or dental costs and other significant disaster-related expenses. A total of 2,000 households applied for assistance after President Bush approved a federal disaster declaration on April 27, 2007.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved low-interest disaster loans totaling more than $5.5 million for homeowners, renters and business owners to repair their dwellings or businesses, replace damaged personal property and compensate for lost revenue.
Although the registration period has ended, individuals who have applied for assistance and have additional questions may visit www.fema.gov or call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the speech- or hearing-impaired. Helpline hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For questions regarding SBA disaster loans, call 1-800-659-2955 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, or 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays.
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.