CONCORD, N.H. – There is only one month left in New Hampshire to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance to recover from Tropical Storm Irene damage. The last day to register will be Nov. 7, 2011.
Individuals and families who were living in Carroll and Grafton counties and suffered damage from the storm between Aug. 26 and Sept. 6, 2011, should register for FEMA assistance. They also may be eligible for low-interest, long-term disaster recovery loans administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Owners of businesses and private nonprofit organizations located in Carroll and Grafton counties during the same storm period also should register to receive applications for SBA business disaster recovery loans.
FEMA’s Individual Assistance program was made available to residents of the two counties by a presidential major disaster declaration issued on Sept. 3, 2011.
“People who register with FEMA are not taking money away from others by accepting assistance,” said Albie Lewis, federal coordinating officer for the disaster.
FEMA’s Individual Assistance program may cover such costs as short-term temporary housing while your home cannot be occupied and basic repairs to make a dwelling safe, secure and sanitary. Some disaster-related personal expenses and replacement of some basic personal property also may be covered.
“Don’t deny yourself or your family the possibility of receiving help to recover from the storms and flooding,” said Mike Poirier, state coordinating officer.
Register by calling 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) by telephone, Video Relay System (VRS) or 711-Relay. The number for TTY users is 1-800-464-7585. You also can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by smart phone at m.fema.gov.
FEMA’s registration call center is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, including weekends and holidays.
Have the following information handy to speed the process:
- Social Security number;
- Telephone number where you can be reached;
- Address of the damaged property;
- Current mailing address;
- Brief description of disaster-related damages and losses;
- Insurance information; and
- Direct deposit information to help speed delivery of funds.
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.