CONCORD, N.H. -- Fall foliage, a major draw for New Hampshire tourism, was not harmed by Tropical Storm Irene. That’s the message of Lori Harnois, director of New Hampshire’s Division of Travel and Tourism Development.
“We’d like people to know that New Hampshire is open for business,” Harnois said in a new video produced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The video is online at www.fema.gov/medialibrary/media_records/6108.
“All of our roads are open and our fall foliage is as vibrant as ever,” Harnois said. She also credited FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) with being “great federal partners for the state” as it recovers from Irene’s destruction.
Greg Dawson, SBA’s public affairs specialist in New Hampshire, explained the agency’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, which provides up to $2 million to cover working capital losses for businesses, even those not physically damaged by the floods.
“The SBA injury disaster loan is going to be critical for a lot of those businesses,” said Christopher S. Way, interim director of economic development for the state.
FEMA’s Public Assistance program, designated for seven of New Hampshire’s counties, pays for up to 75 percent of the cost of public right-of-way debris removal, as well as road and bridge repairs.
In addition to EIDL loans, SBA also offers disaster recovery loans to businesses and private nonprofits of all sizes for up to $2 million to repair or replace real estate, machinery, equipment, supplies and inventory.
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.