WINDSOR, Conn. -- As of today, more than $5,182,068.79 million has already been approved for assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for damages caused by Tropical Storm Irene in the State of Connecticut.
More than 6,918 Connecticut homeowners, renters and business owners have registered for assistance since President Obama declared a federal disaster on Sept. 2.
To receive assistance you must first register with FEMA before the Nov. 3 deadline. After registering, FEMA provides applicants with a nine-digit registration number. Within a week, a FEMA inspector, who is the only other person with the nine-digit number, will make an appointment to visit a residence.
Register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA/3362 or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Phone lines are open seven days a week, from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. until further notice. You can also register by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov.
Applicants should keep FEMA updated of personal information changes such as a change of address, new phone number or insurance settlement by calling 1-800-621-FEMA/3362 or TTY 1-800-462-7585.
The following includes FEMA disaster assistance statistics for Connecticut as of the close of business Oct. 6, 2011.
- 6,918 individuals and families have registered with FEMA for assistance. Individual Assistance includes two categories -- housing and other needs.
- More than $4,852,041.81 in housing funds has been approved. This money can be used for temporary housing as well as repair and replacement of permanent housing.
- Nearly $330,026.98 in other needs funding was approved. This includes money for necessities such as clothing and household items, disaster-related medical and dental costs, car repairs that are related to the disaster, as well as for moving and storage expenses.
- FEMA inspectors made 3,977 home inspections.
- 1,552 visits were made to the Disaster Recovery Centers.
- More than 5,568 applications for Small Business Administration (SBA) loans have been issued; more than $2,350,200.00 in loans has been approved.
The SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to renters, homeowners and businesses of all sizes. The SBA will operate the following centers Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. until close of business on Thursday, Oct. 13:
Disaster Loan Outreach Center
The Beach House
East Haven Town Beach
160 Cosey Beach Ave.
East Haven, Conn. 06512
Business Recovery Center
Gateway Community College, Room 117
88 Bassett Road
North Haven, Conn. 06473
Business Recovery Center
Soundview Family YMCA
628 East Main St.
Branford, Conn. 06405
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.