WARWICK, R.I. -- Rhode Island households and businesses affected by the Floods of 2010 have received $74,908,665 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 $32,487,819 was approved to help with temporary housing, home repairs and other assistance through FEMA disaster grant programs. More than $2,984,146 has been approved for eligible Rhode Islanders through the FEMA/state Other Needs Assistance (ONA) program. The disaster grants and loan amounts were valid at the close of business June 15, 2010, and are subject to change as applications for the disaster continue to be processed.
Loans to homeowners, renters, nonprofit organizations and businesses of all sizes have been approved by the SBA for a total of $39,436,700. Of the 24,203 applications SBA issued to people in Rhode Island, 3,699 have been submitted for review and processing.
FEMA Community Releations Field Specialists, went door-to-door in disaster neighborhoods, identifying special needs, and speaking with residents at their homes and at community meetings. As of June 15, 2010, Community Relations Specialists knocked on 19,593 doors, spoke directly with more than 7,462 residents and contacted 2,522 businesses, churches, schools and community organizations. The outreach informed individuals about federal disaster aid availability.
Currently, Community Relations Specialists are locating individuals who need help beyond federal/state grant programs and are putting them in touch with appropriate community organizations that can provide further assistance. Applicants needing such assistance may call the FEMA Helpline or the state 2-1-1 line for a referral.
FEMA Mitigation Specialists greeted more than 47,150 Rhode Island residents at local retail stores and provided one-on-one counseling to more than 9,600 individuals on a number of techniques that can be used to safely repair and rebuild homes stronger and more secure.
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 ask questions , update contact information, learn the status of their application or obtain information on appealing a decision. The FEMA Helpline is available each day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT. 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. EDT Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday.
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.