BURLINGTON, Vt. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency will reduce the hours at its temporary assistance office in St. Johnsbury as it begins to wind down some of its flood recovery efforts.
The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in St. Johnsbury will remain open Mondays through Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., but will no longer be open on Sundays. Those who were affected by the May 26-27 storms and flooding can visit the center or call FEMA's Helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362).
Residents in Washington and Caledonia counties have until Sept. 6th to register for assistance, but they don't have to visit a Disaster Recovery Center to register.
You can 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 800-462-7585 directly; or call 800-621-3362 if using 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS).
Emergency management experts from FEMA, Vermont Emergency Management, U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies are at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs.
Current DRC locations in Vermont and hours:
St. Johnsbury Welcome Center
51 Depot Square
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
Hours: Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Barre Municipal Auditorium
16 Auditorium Hill
Barre, VT 05641
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The U.S. Small Business Administration also has a Business Recovery Center in Barre for businesses and non-profit organizations. The Center has staff familiar with needs of businesses, phone, copy and fax machines -- everything a business will need to complete their application for assistance. The Center is at:
Barre City Hall - Barre Area Development
6 North Main Street
Barre, VT 05641
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 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 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.