WARWICK, R.I. -- Rhode Island households and businesses affected by the Floods of 2010 have received $69,742,238 in approved disaster grants and loans, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
A total of $32,028,875 was approved to help with temporary housing, home repairs and other assistance through FEMA disaster grant programs. More than $2,904,564 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 8, 2010, and are subject to change as applications continue to be processed.
Loans to homeowners, renters, nonprofit organizations and businesses of all sizes have been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for a total $34,808,800 as of June 8, 2010. Of the 24,204 applications SBA issued to people in Rhode Island 3,602 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 17,142 doors, spoke directly with more than 7,146 residents and contacted almost 2,377 businesses, churches, schools and community organizations.
More than 8,520 people visited a state-federal Disaster Recovery Center to talk one-on-one with recovery specialists; while FEMA mitigation specialists spoke with 8,903 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 safer, securer and stronger.
The SBA announced on Monday that due to a continued decrease of activity, the Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in Kent and Washington Counties in Rhode Island will cease operations on Friday, June 11, 2010 at 6 p.m.
The centers are located in the following communities:
West Warwick Senior/Community Center
145 Washington St.
West Warwick, RI 02893
Open: Monday-Friday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The South County Community Action Agency
34 Pond St.
Westerly, RI 02891
Open: Monday-Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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. The FEMA Helpline is available each day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST. 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.
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.