WARWICK, R.I. -- Rhode Island households and businesses affected by the severe storms and flooding beginning March 12, 2010, have received $54,948,000 in approved disaster grants and loans, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration.
More than 24,500 households and businesses in the designated counties have registered with FEMA. However, indications are many residents have not yet registered.
“We are concerned there are Rhode Islanders who still have not registered for help to recover from the flooding,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Craig A. Gilbert. “Everyone who suffered damage should register for assistance before the May 28 deadline.” he said.
More than $32 million has been approved to help disaster-affected Rhode Islanders with temporary housing, home repairs and other needs through FEMA disaster grant programs.
More than $22 million in loans to homeowners, renters, nonprofit organizations and businesses of all sizes have been approved by the SBA for uncompensated losses due to the flooding.
More than $2.5 million has been approved for eligible Rhode Islanders through FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance program.
FEMA has completed 22,553 inspections - more than 98 percent of the inspections requested. At the peak of the disaster response, more than 190 inspectors were in the field.
FEMA Community Relations field specialists have been visiting neighborhoods, identifying special needs, and talking with residents at their homes and at community meetings in affected counties. Community Relations teams have visited more than 12,668 homes and talked with more than 1,400 businesses, churches, schools and community organizations.
More than 8,100 people visited a state-federal Disaster Recovery Center to talk one-on-one with recovery specialists.
More than 4,100 Rhode Island residents have talked with FEMA hazard 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. Applicants can also visit one of three Disaster Recovery Centers operated by FEMA and the State of Rhode Island. Often, solutions may be 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.
The Disaster Recovery Center at South County Community Action Agency at 34 Pond St., Westerly, RI 02891 has transitioned to an SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center.
The new Outreach Center is open from 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday. The center is closed Sundays.
Disaster Recovery Centers will remain open till 6 p.m. Friday, May 14, 2010, in the following locations:
Cranston-Garden City – Providence County
150 Hillside Road
Cranston, RI 02920
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