BURLINGTON, Vt. – It’s not an over-the-top advertisement for a clearance sale at the local car dealer or furniture store: This offer really is good for only one more week.
Vermonters who experienced damage or losses as the result of Tropical Storm Irene have until Tuesday, November 15 to register for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and to apply for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
FEMA, the State of Vermont, and the SBA remind homeowners, renters, businesses and non-profit organizations in Vermont that they have only seven days left to apply for aid for damage caused by the heavy rains and flooding that occurred between August 27 and September 2.
“FEMA extended this deadline by two weeks, and anyone who hasn’t registered ‘Better get moo-ving,’” said FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer James N. Russo. “Yes, it’s a silly pun. But we’re serious about one thing: We want to make sure Vermonters get all the help that they’re eligible for.”
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Anyone affected by Tropical Storm Irene with questions or who still has not registered may do so by calling toll-free 800-621-FEMA (3362) or going online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Registering online saves time and allows you to track the status of your application online.
Registration is also available via web-enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov. Multilingual assistance is available if needed. Individuals with a speech disability or hearing loss who use a TTY can call 800-462-7585 directly; or 800-621-3362 if using 711 or Video Relay Service.
Tuesday November 15 is also the deadline to complete and return an SBA low-interest disaster loan application if you have already received one. No one is obligated to take a loan, but completing the application is a necessary first step toward possibly receiving additional FEMA grants
“It’s not too late, but it will be very soon,” said Vermont Emergency Management Director Mike O’Neil. “No matter how much damage or loss you experienced, you should register and let the folks at FEMA determine if you’re eligible. Don’t miss your last chance.”
While FEMA has closed its disaster recovery centers, the SBA will continue to operate three assistance centers where not only businesses but also homeowners can get face-to-face help reviewing their cases and filling out applications. The following SBA centers are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and are located at:
Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation
72 Cotton Mill Hill – 2nd Floor
Brattleboro VT 05301