WALLINGFORD, Conn. –- Connecticut households have received more than $2.3 million in federal disaster aid since President Obama authorized Individual Assistance on May 28. The disaster declaration came as a result of severe storms and flooding March 12-May 17.
As of Monday, June 14, the figures were:
- $2,269,328 has been disbursed for temporary housing and home repairs;
- $75,064 has been disbursed for other needs such as personal property loss, medical costs and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance;
- 1,930 individuals in designated counties have registered for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA);
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued 1,865 loan applications to individuals and businesses. SBA loan applications should be returned to determine if applicants are eligible for other types of assistance.
“People should remember that disaster assistance is not charity,” said Michael Parker, federal coordinating officer for the disaster recovery. “This is tax money that is set aside for people who need help to get back on their feet. This aid is a hand up, not a handout.”
People can register for assistance at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362). People with a speech or hearing impairment can call (TTY) 800-462-7585. Both lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Eastern time) every day until further notice. Residents should note that reporting damage to InfoLine 2-1-1 did not register them for FEMA assistance.
To register for assistance, you will need the property address, a description of the damage, contact telephone numbers, Social Security numbers of residents, bank account routing numbers, and insurance policy information.
The SBA offers low-interest disaster loans 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 spring storms and flooding. If SBA determines a homeowner or renter cannot afford a loan, they will be referred to FEMA for possible grant assistance. Completing and returning the SBA application will determine if you should get a FEMA grant or an SBA loan.
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