WARWICK, R.I. -- Rhode Island households and businesses affected by the severe storms and flooding beginning March 12, 2010, have received $60,312,124 in approved disaster grants and loans, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
More than 24,910 households and businesses in Rhode Island have registered with FEMA. Although, there are indications that many residents have not yet registered.
More than $33 million has been approved to help disaster-affected Rhode Islanders with temporary housing, home repairs and other needs through FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program, including $30,387,011 for housing assistance and $2,619,436 for other disaster-related needs.
More than $27,251,900 in loans to homeowners, renters, nonprofit organizations and businesses of all sizes has been approved by the SBA for uncompensated losses due to the flooding.
FEMA-funded Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), which is administered by the state, has paid out $53,776 to date to persons whose employment was affected by the disaster. A total of 172 have applied for DUA.
FEMA has completed 22,821 home inspections - more than 99 percent of the inspections requested. At the peak of the disaster response, more than 190 inspectors were in the field; 8 remain.
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 14,550 households and talked with nearly 5,650 people about disaster assistance and issues they are experiencing in the aftermath of the floods and storms.
More than 4,929 Rhode Island residents have received counseling from FEMA hazard mitigation specialists on a range of information on mitigation techniques people can use ro repair, rebuild and build homes and other structures.
With the assistance of the Rhode Island Emergency Managaement Agency, FEMA’s Private Sector specialists have disseminated disaster information, via electronic newsletters to more than 7,800 businesses, Chambers of Commerce, schools, trade and professional organizations and private sector organizations and their estimated 128,000 employees.
FEMA and the State of Rhode Island’s Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) have transitioned to U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Outreach Centers. More than 8,520 people visited DRCs to talk one-on-one with recovery specialists. Additionally, 160 have visited an SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center. Information is free. There is no limit on the number of times someone can visit with a specialist or on the number of publications they can have.
The centers, which are staffed with FEMA and SBA personnel, have been established in the following locations:
South County Community Action Agency
34 Pond St.
Westerly, RI 02891
M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m
West Warwick Senior & Community Center
145 Washington St.
West Warwick, RI 02893
M-F, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
North Providence Public Library
1810 Mineral Spring Ave.
North Providence, RI 02904
M -F, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, 11a.m. to 4 p.m.
Union Fire Station
131 Asa Pond Road
Wakefield, RI 02879
M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Meanwhile, FEMA’s mitigation outreach personnel will continue to staff mitigation booths at
local retailers, including Lowe’s in Cra...