WARWICK, R.I. -- Rhode Island households and businesses impacted by the severe storms and floods of 2010 have received $78,970,526 in approved disaster grants and loans from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
A total of $32,998,224 was approved to assist with temporary housing, rental assistance, and home repairs. A total of $3,050,402 has been approved for eligible Rhode Islanders through the FEMA/state Other Needs Assistance (ONA) program. These amounts are from close of business July 6, 2010, and are subject to change as applications for the disaster continue to be processed.
The SBA has approved $42,921,200 in loans to homeowners, renters, nonprofit organizations and businesses of various sizes. Of the 24,204 applications SBA issued to Rhode Island residents and businesses, 3,736 have been returned by applicants.
FEMA has received a total of 25,927 registrations. FEMA has completed 24,078 inspections. At the peak of the disaster 190 inspectors were in the field, one remains.
Rhode Island residents impacted by the flood who have applied for assistance may call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 (for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities) 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 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT Monday-Friday.
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.