WARWICK, R.I. -- Rhode Island households and businesses affected by the Floods of 2010 have received $66,770,859 in approved disaster grants and loans, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Almost $31,564,650 was approved to help with temporary housing, home repairs and other needs through FEMA disaster grant programs. More than $2,825,408 has been approved for eligible Rhode Islanders through FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance Program (ONA). The disaster grants and loan amounts are as of close of business June 1, 2010, and are subject to change as applications continue to be processed.
Loans to homeowners, renters, non-profit organizations and businesses of all sizes have been approved by the SBA for a total $32,380,800 as of June 1, 2010. Of the 24,213 applications SBA issued to people in Rhode Island, 3,275 were submitted for review and processing.
FEMA Community Relations field specialists, who go door-to-door in affected neighborhoods, identify special needs, and speak with residents at their homes and at community meetings, knocked on more than 17,140 doors, spoke directly with more 7,145 residents, and contacted almost 1,340 businesses, churches, schools and community organizations.
More than 8,500 people visited a state-federal Disaster Recovery Center to talk one-on-one with recovery specialists; while FEMA mitigation specialists spoke with 6,740 Rhode Island residents at local retail stores about the wide spectrum of techniques that can be used to repair, rebuild and build homes and other structures better and stronger.
Rhode Island residents who have applied for assistance may call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 to resolve problems, learn the status of their application, or appeal a decision. Help is available in all languages.
For 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.
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.