WALLINGFORD, Conn. -- More than $1.2 million in federal disaster assistance has been disbursed to individuals and households in Connecticut since President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for the state on May 28. The declaration is a result of severe storms and flooding March 12-May 17.
As of Monday, June 7, the latest figures were:
- 1,064 individuals have registered for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA);
- $1,185,725 has been disbursed for temporary housing and home repairs;
- $33,734 in Other Needs Assistance has been disbursed for personal property loss, medical costs and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance.
People who had damage can register for assistance at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with a speech or hearing impairment can call (TTY) 800-462-7585. Both lines are open 6:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Friday (Eastern time) and 6:30 a.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday until further notice.
To register for assistance, you should have on hand Social Security numbers of residents in the house, bank account routing numbers, insurance policy information, contact telephone numbers, the property address, and a description of the damage.
Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are now open in the following locations:
Groton Senior Center
102 Newtown Road
Groton, CT 06340
Three Rivers Community College
Room D 26
574 New London Turnpike
Norwich, CT 06360
Killingworth Fire Department
333 Route 81
Killingworth, CT 06712
Quinebaug Valley Community College
West Wing Room 105 W
742 Upper Maple Street
Danielson, CT 06239
North Haven Campus of
Gateway Community College Auditorium
88 Bassett Road
North Haven, CT 06473
Norwalk Community College West Campus
Room W-103, 188 Richards Avenue
Norwalk CT 06854
The centers are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays until further notice. They are closed Sundays. Services include checking the status of a claim, getting answers to questions about your recovery status, and reviewing information FEMA needs to process your claim. Recovery specialists also can supply contacts for other programs that may be available for further assistance.
In addition, customer service representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be at the centers to answer questions about the SBA's low-interest disaster loan program for homeowners, renters, businesses and private non-profit organizations of all sizes. These loans are to repair or replace real estate and/or personal property damaged by the March-May storms and flooding.
Residents may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance if their employment was lost or interrupted because of the flooding. The Connecticut Department of Labor will accept applications for disaster unemployment claims through July 1. Residents can file a claim with their local TeleBenefits line (check the blue pages of the telephone directory), by going online at www.ct.gov/dol, or by calling Infoline at 2-1-1. Benefits may be paid retroactively to the start of the disaster period, March 12.
Individual assistance is available in Fairfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London and Windham counties.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders and 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.