AUGUSTA, Maine – According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), more than $1.8 million in assistance has been approved following the severe storms and flooding from April 28 to May 14.
FEMA's Public Assistance (PA) program provides funding reimbursement for eligible costs incurred for emergency response or damage to public infrastructure. Assistance is available to Aroostook, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset and Waldo counties. To date, FEMA has obligated funding for 80 requests totaling more than $516,000.
Under FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program, $794,765 has been approved for housing assistance to cover rental assistance, temporary lodging, and grants for home repairs not covered by insurance. In addition, $146,226 was approved for personal property loss, medical or dental costs and other significant disaster-related expenses.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved low-interest disaster loans totaling more than $411,000 for homeowners, businesses and renters. Thus far, 232 home loan applications and 94 business loan applications have been issued.
To date, 434 households in Penobscot and Aroostook County have registered for assistance and 570 have visited Disaster Recovery Centers. The final Disaster Recovery Center, located in Fort Kent will close June 14, but will continue operations as an SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center, with both SBA and FEMA personnel on site to answer questions. Even after the DRC closes, individuals can still register, receive assistance with registration questions, and get information on disaster assistance by calling FEMA toll-free, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) from 8 am to 6 pm Monday thru Friday, or online at www.fema.gov. The deadline for registration is July 8.
FEMA disaster assistance covers basic needs only and will not normally compensate those affected by disaster for their entire loss. For those with insurance, the government may help pay for basic needs not covered by insurance. FEMA's temporary housing and financial assistance for medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan. However, an applicant must complete an SBA loan application to be eligible for assistance that covers real estate, business losses, personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.