BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Community relations teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are reaching out to those affected by the storms and flooding that took place in the spring, starting April 23rd.
Teams will be canvassing areas in Franklin and Grand Isle counties over the July 4th weekend to provide disaster assistance information to those who have experienced flood damage. Some of the teams will be traveling in FEMA’s Mobile Command Operations Vehicle. The representatives wear blue shirts and identification badges.
The teams will be in several other counties over the next week knocking on doors and attending meetings to identify any unmet needs of individuals and businesses. These specialists can pass that information on to state, federal or voluntary agency staff best able to respond. They will also meet with representatives of community-based agencies, community leaders and public officials.
Renters and homeowners may apply to FEMA for help in the form of grants for temporary housing, basic home repairs and other serious disaster-related needs. Renters, homeowners and business owners may also be eligible for low-interest disaster loans.
Individual assistance helps eligible applicants with temporary housing assistance, uninsured personal property losses and funeral expenses caused by the disaster, along with other disaster-related expenses and serious needs.
Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are also a major form of assistance for homeowners as well as businesses. No one is obligated to accept a loan. However, the SBA loan application opens the door to other possible forms of assistance.
To register for disaster assistance, call 800-621-FEMA (3362). Multilingual registration assistance is also available. Those with a speech disability or hearing loss who use a TTY can call 800-462-7585 directly, or 800-621-3362, if using 711 or Video Relay Service. Registration can also be done online anytime at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through web-enabled mobile phone devices or smartphones at m.fema.gov.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.
SBA disaster loan information and application forms may be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people with speech or hearing disabilities) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET or by sending an e-mail to email@example.com. Applications can also be downloaded from www.sba.gov or completed on-line at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
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.