CONCORD, N.H. -- There are only 10 days left for New Hampshire residents to register for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to recover from Tropical Storm Irene.
The final registration day is Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, for homeowners, renters and business owners in Carroll and Grafton counties whose property was damaged during the severe storms and flooding from Aug. 26 through Sept. 6. Registration is the first step in becoming eligible for FEMA’s Individual Assistance program.
Time also is short for those who already registered and received an application for a disaster recovery loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to complete and submit those applications.
Federal assistance in recovering from a disaster is a coordinated effort between FEMA and the SBA. FEMA may provide short-term emergency lodging help to those forced to relocate because of the storms. FEMA also may provide grants to individuals and households to repair their dwellings to a basic safe, sanitary and secure condition.
For instance, an Individual Assistance grant may be available for cleaning and testing a furnace flooded during the disaster. And if serious damage is found, repair or replacement might also be available.
However, it is the SBA’s long-term, low-interest homeowner disaster recovery loan that typically provides most of the money required to rebuild seriously damaged properties to pre-disaster condition and replace furnishings and other personal property.
The SBA provides recovery loans for businesses; up to $2 million for damage to real property and contents. Additionally, $2 million may be available to compensate for lost working capital and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan is available even to businesses that suffered no physical damage from the storms.
FEMA does not provide assistance to businesses, but business owners should register with FEMA to receive their SBA loan application.
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.