WARWICK, R. I. -- More than $36 million in grants and loans have been approved for residents of Rhode Island who are following the recommended steps for obtaining disaster assistance from the federal government, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today.
Among those steps is returning the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) applications included in FEMA registration packets. As of close of business Thursday, SBA had approved nearly $9 million in loans to homeowners, renters, nonprofit organizations and businesses of all sizes since the severe storms disaster declaration of March 29.
FEMA reported it has approved more than $28 million in disaster grants for Rhode Islanders suffering flood damage from the storms that began March 12. Below is a summary of disaster assistance as of close of business April 22:
- $28,248,404 in disaster assistance grants under the Individuals and Households Program has been approved. This includes $26,269,591 in Housing Assistance and $1,978,813 in Other Needs Assistance.
- More than 22,000 registrations have been received statewide.
- 20,036 inspections have been completed.
- 5,343 people have visited Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) to talk face-to-face with recovery specialists or to get help with SBA low-interest loan applications.
- $8,541,000 has been approved in U. S. Small Business Administration low-interest loans.
The SBA encourages Rhode Island storm victims to return their completed applications, even if they have not settled with their insurance company. Waiting to file an SBA application could cause unnecessary delays in receiving disaster assistance.
Ongoing assistance in registering is available from the federal-state Disaster Recovery Centers operating in the state. There are currently seven Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) operating at the following locations:
South County Community Action Agency
34 Pond St.
Westerly, RI 02891
150 Hillside Road
Cranston, RI 02920
Middletown Police Station
123 Valley Road
Middletown, RI 02842
500 Mendon Road
Cumberland, RI 02864
West Warwick Community Center
145 Washington St.
West Warwick, RI 02893
Bristol Fire Station
4 Annawamscutt Dr.
Bristol, RI 02809
160 Old Tower Hill Road
South Kingstown, RI 02879
In addition, two Mobile DRCs are traveling the state and will be at the following locations beginning Saturday, April 24 for a three-day stay:
Pierce Memorial Field – April 24 through April 26
201 Mercer St.
East Providence, RI 02914
Chariho Shopping Plaza – April 24 through April 26
1190 Main St.
Richmond, RI 02891
Those affected by the disaster are encouraged to register for assistance before they visit a DRC by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for hearing- or speech-impaired. Registration can also be done online at www.fema.gov.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders and to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to recover from, and mitigate all hazards.