CONCORD, NH -- Disaster assistance is now available for eligible residents in Carroll and Grafton counties who suffered losses related to severe storms and flooding from Tropical Storm Irene August 26 thru September 6. Disaster officials with New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urge people in these counties to register by calling the FEMA's toll-free telephone number 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) (TTY 1-800-464-7585) or online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
People who have registered with New Hampshire's 211 system, American Red Cross or other helping agencies must also register with FEMA if they want access to federal assistance. FEMA does do not duplicate losses covered by insurance. If you have insurance, it is important to begin the claims process at the same time.
The toll-free telephone numbers operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Before applicants call or go online, they should gather the following information to speed the process:
-Social Security number
-Telephone number where they can be reached
-Address of the damaged property
-Current mailing address
-Brief description of disaster-related damages and losses
-Direct deposit information to help speed delivery of funds
"Anyone who has been affected by the floods and storm damage may be eligible, but there's no way to know if they don't register," said Federal Coordinating Officer Albie Lewis. "That's the first step to qualifying for federal assistance."
Assistance available through FEMA's Individuals and Households Program can include:
Temporary Housing – rental payments up to 18 months for temporary housing for those whose homes are uninhabitable
Repair - grants to repair damage from the disaster that is not covered by insurance. The goal is to make the damaged home safe, sanitary and habitable Other Needs Assistance (ONA) - grants for necessary and serious needs caused by the disaster. This includes medical, dental, funeral, personal property, transportation, vehicle repair or replacement, moving and storage, and other expenses that FEMA approves.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders and 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.