WARWICK, R.I. -- Rhode Island households and businesses affected by severe storms and flooding beginning March 12, 2010, have received $50,921,890 in approved disaster grants and loans, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Almost $28,818,000 has been approved to help disaster-affected Rhode Islanders with temporary housing, home repairs and other needs through FEMA disaster grant programs.
Almost $19,800,000 in loans to homeowners, renters, non-profit organizations and businesses of all sizes has been approved by the SBA.
More than $2,376,000 has been approved for eligible Rhode Islanders through the FEMA Other Needs Assistance program.
FEMA has completed 21,757 inspections – more than 96 percent of the inspections requested. At the peak of the disaster response, more than 190 inspectors were in the field.
More than 23,940 households and businesses in the designated counties have registered with FEMA. Many of these have been encouraged to do so by FEMA Community Relations field specialists visiting neighborhoods, identifying special needs, and talking with residents at their homes and at community meetings in affected counties. Teams have visited more than 12,668 homes and talked with more than 1,400 businesses, churches, schools and community organizations.
More than 7,400 people visited a state-federal Disaster Recovery Center to talk one-on-one with recovery specialists.
More than 2,400 Rhode Island residents have talked with FEMA mitigation specialists who provide a range of information on techniques used in repairing, rebuilding and building homes and structures.
To register, find out the status of your application, or how to resolve problems or appeal a decision, call the FEMA Helpline, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the hearing- and speech-impaired. Applicants can also visit one of three Disaster Recovery Centers operated by FEMA and the State of Rhode Island. Often problems are as simple as making sure only one person has applied from a household and has registered only once, so registrations are not duplicated.
The toll-free numbers are staffed seven days a week, 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. until further notice. Help is available in all languages.
For more information on SBA applications, residents and business owners may contact SBA's customer service center at: 1-800-659-2955 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Disaster Recovery Centers remain open in the following locations:
Bristol Fire Department – Bristol County
4 Annawamscutt Drive
Bristol, RI 02809
(Closes Friday, May 7, 6 p.m.)
South County Community Action Agency – Washington County
34 Pond St.
Westerly, RI 02891
(Closes Friday, May 7, 6 p.m.)
Cranston-Garden City – Providence County
150 Hillside Road
Cranston, RI 02920
Wakefield Mall – Washington County
160 Old Tower Hill Road
South Kingstown, RI 02879
West Warwick Community Center – Kent County
145 Washington St.
West Warwick, RI 02893
Hours at the above locations will be Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.; Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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