BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Nearly $3 million in federal disaster aid has been approved for eligible applicants affected by the spring storms and flooding that occurred from April 23rd to May 9th and May 26th to May 27th.
Since President Obama issued a major disaster declaration on June 15th for these storms in the counties of Addison, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, and Orleans, and on July 8th for storms in Caledonia and Washington counties, 1,433 people have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Disaster assistance may include grants from FEMA to help individuals pay for rent and home repairs, replace personal property and reimburse medical, storage and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance.
The grant totals include $1,915,142 in housing assistance, such as rental and home repair assistance, $95,148 in other needs assistance, such as replacement of personal property, and $863,000 in U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans for individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations.
The SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations for losses not covered by insurance. Registrants who received SBA disaster loan applications should complete and return them. You don't have to accept a loan. People who do not qualify for an SBA loan may be referred for other forms of disaster assistance.
There are three disaster recovery centers open to assist individuals, households and businesses with disaster-related damage. The centers are staffed with disaster recovery specialists from various federal, state and local agencies and organizations who can provide information and answer questions about storm-related assistance.
The centers are located at:
- Caledonia County
St. Johnsbury Welcome Center
51 Depot Square
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
Hours of operation: Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Chittenden County
Mallet's Bay Fire Station
844 Church Road
Colchester, VT 05466
Hours of operation: Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed on Sundays.
- Washington County
Barre City Auditorium
16 Auditorium Hill
Barre, VT 05641
Hours of operation: Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
Disaster officials ask that before visiting any recovery center, people first register by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or via a web-enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov. Multilingual registration assistance and help is available. Those with a speech disability or hearing loss who use a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585 directly; or call 1-800-621-3362 if using 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS).
SBA also has a Business Recovery Center at:
- Barre Area Development
Barre City Hall
6 North Main Street
Barre, VT 0564
Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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 applicat...