CONCORD, N.H. -- In the nearly four weeks since New Hampshire's Carroll and Grafton counties were declared a major disaster area by the president because of Tropical Storm Irene, federal assistance has reached $827,079, distributed among more than 200 individuals and households.
So far, 483 people have registered for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The registration period remains open through Nov. 7, 2011.
Here is a summary through Thursday, Sept. 29, of all federal assistance to individuals and households that suffered losses due to Irene during the period Aug. 26 to Sept. 6, 2011:
- $827,079 in total housing and personal needs has been approved;
- Of that amount, $729,744 has been approved for housing expenses, including temporary rental assistance, home repair costs and assistance toward replacing destroyed homes;
- $97,335 has been approved as “Other Needs Assistance” to cover essential disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions;
- $101,100 in loans to homeowners, renters or business owners has been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration;
- 483 applicants have registered with FEMA for some form of disaster assistance;
- 282 visits have been made at Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) operated jointly by FEMA and the state of New Hampshire. The last DRC closed Wednesday, Sept. 28;
- 245 home inspections to confirm disaster damage have been completed.
FEMA Community Relations field specialists have distributed more than 9,000 flyers summarizing available assistance and registration procedures. They worked in Carroll and Grafton counties to help identify and assist residents who suffered storm damage. In the course of explaining the recovery process, they visited:
- 943 residences;
- 234 businesses;
- 93 faith-based groups;
- 33 community organizations;
- 7 schools;
- 43 emergency managers, fire and law enforcement officials;
- 10 government officials;
- 7 post offices.
To register with FEMA, call 1-800-621-3362. If you use TTY, call 1-800-462-7585 directly. If you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. You also can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
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.