Portsmouth, N.H. -- As the extended recovery from Massachusetts' spring flooding enters its fourth month, residents in designated counties with uninsured damages are being given every opportunity to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) before the final application deadline, Monday July 12 close-of-business.
Recovery officials announced that normal operating hours for disaster registration would continue without interruption throughout the three-day July 4 holiday weekend.
The registration process takes 15-20 minutes by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or 800-462-7585 (TTY) for people with speech or hearing disabilities. Hours are between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily until the July 12 deadline. Multilingual assistance is available. Online application takes place 24/7 on FEMA's web site, www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
Once registered, applicants can stay in touch with FEMA disaster recovery specialists by selecting the helpline option at the same toll-free lines. Helpline specialists can answer individual questions about a claim, or input updated information FEMA needs to process a specific aid request.
Recent registration activity has been averaging about 50 new applications daily, officials said. Since the presidential declaration on March 29, nearly 36,900 homeowners, renters and business owners in Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk and Worcester counties have applied for some form of Commonwealth-FEMA assistance.
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.