BURLINGTON, Vt. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency closed its disaster recovery centers in Barre and St. Johnsbury on Monday, Aug. 29th in order to address the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. These centers will not reopen any time soon.
They were originally scheduled to close permanently on Thursday, Sept. 1, but because of the recent flooding in the state of Vermont from Hurricane Irene, FEMA officials are assessing the need to redirect resources and personnel within the state.
Those who experienced flooding from the spring floods in Caledonia and Washington counties can still register until Sept. 6 at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or via a web-enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov. To register by phone, call 800-621-FEMA (3362). Multilingual registration assistance 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).
"FEMA is committed to helping the state finish the job of providing assistance to Vermonters affected by the spring flooding while also looking ahead to see how we can assist with the current flooding situation," said Federal Coordinating Officer Craig Gilbert. "We are already on the ground here in Vermont and are ready to do whatever we can to provide assistance in the wake of Hurricane Irene."
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.