WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Residents of Berkshire and Franklin counties have only until Wednesday, November 2, 2011 to register for disaster help. A simple phone call or online visit may qualify a household or business for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and other agencies.
“After Wednesday, November 2nd, the two month application period will be closed,” said State Coordinating Officer Kurt Schwartz, Director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. “Anyone whose property was damaged by Tropical Storm Irene and who has not yet registered should sign up now with FEMA.”
Individuals and business owners can register for help online at www.disasterassistance.gov, or using a mobile device and going to m.fema.gov. A toll-free helpline is also available to register applicants. Call 1-800-621-3362. Individuals with a speech or hearing disability can dial (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Both lines operate daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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.