WARWICK, R.I. -- FEMA, SBA and Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency officials are urging persons affected by the recent flooding to make sure they receive all the federal assistance available to them and register with FEMA before the Friday, May 28, final deadline.
FEMA grants may include funds to rent an alternate place to live while rebuilding, for minor home repairs, and to replace essential household items not covered by insurance. Rhode Islanders may be eligible for other types of grants to help with medical, dental, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs. However, residents do have to complete the SBA application to be considered for grants for personal property which can include clothing, furniture, automobiles, tools used for work, and other disaster-related needs.
SBA disaster loans help homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts, and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster damaged personal property and business assets. These loans may cover insurance deductibles, code-required upgrades and other costs not compensated for by insurance or other sources.
To register, find out the status of your application, resolve problems or appeal a decision, call FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for people who are deaf or hard of hearing with speech disabilities. FEMA Helpline hours are from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. (EDT). Help is available in all languages. FEMA also offers online registration at www.fema.gov.
For more information about returning a disaster loan application, call the SBA Customer Service Center from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (EDT) Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (EDT), Saturday, at 1-800-659-2955 for information and assistance. Residents and business owners also may apply online at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/, visit the SBA Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
So far, 25,183 Rhode Islanders have applied for federal disaster assistance; with a total $33,605,032 approved for individuals and households. SBA disaster home and business loan approved total $29,041,555.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders 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.