AUGUSTA, Maine – According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), more than $2.7 million in assistance has been approved following the severe storms and flooding from April 28 to May 14.
FEMA's Public Assistance 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 176 requests totaling $996,442.
Under FEMA?s Individuals and Households Program, $833,845 has been approved for housing assistance to cover rental assistance, temporary lodging, and grants for home repairs not covered by insurance. In addition, $147,569 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 $766,800 for homeowners, businesses and renters. Thus far, 241 home loan applications, 97 business loan applications and 1 economic injury disaster loan application have been issued.
To date, 448 households in Penobscot and Aroostook County have registered for assistance. An SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center remains open until further notice in the Fort Kent Town Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday, with SBA personnel on site to answer questions. Individuals who cannot visit the center may still register or get information about an existing claim by calling FEMA toll-free, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., 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.