BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Three more Vermont counties that sustained damage resulting from this spring's flooding have been designated to receive Public Assistance.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) amended the major disaster declaration for Caledonia County for the incident period May 26th to May 27th to include Essex, Orange and Washington counties.
FEMA's Public Assistance program includes reimbursement for infrastructure repairs and emergency protective measures.
Local governments and eligible private non-profit organizations in these designated counties may apply for federal funds to pay 75 percent of the approved cost of debris removal, emergency services related to the disaster, and for repairing or replacing damaged public facilities, such as roads, buildings and utilities.
FEMA Public Assistance was also made available in a previous declaration for the storms and flooding that occurred from April 23rd to May 9th in the following counties: Addison, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orleans and Washington.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications can also be downloaded from www.sba.gov or completed on-line at 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.