BURLINGTON, Vt. – Tuesday is the last day for Vermonters who experienced damage or losses as the result of Tropical Storm Irene to register for federal disaster assistance.
Those affected have until midnight, Tuesday, November 15 to register online for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and to apply for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Phone registrations will be accepted until 10:00 p.m., EST.
To date, 6,945 individuals and families have registered and more than $19.8 million in grants has been approved for home repairs or replacement, rental assistance, and other needs while another $23.4 million in low-interest disaster loans – $14 million in home loans and $9.4 million in business loans – has been approved by the SBA.
“This is your last chance,” said FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer James N. Russo. “We have done everything in our power to make sure Vermonters know that help is possibly available if they sign up.”
You may register 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 for phone registrations. 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. Remember, no one is obligated to take a loan, but completing the application is a necessary first step toward possibly receiving additional FEMA grants if you do not qualify for a loan.
“I urge anyone who has not registered to do so immediately. If your housing circumstances change or you find damage later, you can only get help if you’ve registered,” said Vermont Emergency Management Director Mike O’Neil.
While FEMA has closed its disaster recovery centers, the SBA has continued 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. These SBA centers are open Monday and Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will close for good at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 15.
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