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2004-05-13 04:00 - News Release

BEVERLY, Mass. - Recovery officials said that some common misunderstandings about disaster aid may deprive eligible individuals and households of vital aid from the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “The last thing you need in a disaster is misinformation,” said Federal Coordinating Officer James N. Russo. “And the best way to avoid that problem is to call and ask what kind of assistance is available to you.”

2004-05-12 04:00 - News Release

BEVERLY, Mass. -- As the recovery from flooding caused by April’s record-setting rains continues, state and federal disaster officials are encouraging Bay State residents to purchase flood insurance before disaster strikes again. “Flooding is the leading cause of property loss from natural disasters in this country,” said James N. Russo, federal coordinating officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), “and Massachusetts has suffered more than its share of floods in recent years.”

2004-05-12 04:00 - News Release

BEVERLY, Mass. -- Residents and business owners who applied for disaster aid due to the heavy April flooding and were mailed U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan applications are urged to return the completed applications quickly, even if they do not want a loan, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) officials.

2004-05-11 04:00 - News Release

BEVERLY, Mass. -- Disaster officials overseeing state-federal recovery efforts suggest that homeowners in flood-prone areas should consider taking practical steps to lessen the future risk of flooding damage or loss. One effective flood protection measure is the installation of a backflow valve to prevent sewage from backing up into a house through the main sewer/septic connection. These sewage backups not only cause damage that is difficult to clean but also create health hazards.

2004-05-10 04:00 - News Release

BEVERLY, Mass. -- A disaster information Helpline is available to Massachusetts residents who have already applied for assistance as a result of the April flooding and either need more information about programs or wish to check the status of their applications. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Helpline number is 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for people with speech or hearing impairments.

2004-05-08 04:00 - News Release

BEVERLY, Mass. – With the April 22 disaster declaration, low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) became available for flood-damaged losses in Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Worcester counties that are not adequately covered by insurance, according to state and federal recovery officials.

2004-05-06 04:00 - News Release

BEVERLY, Mass. -- Two weeks after the presidential disaster declaration, more than $1 million in state and federal disaster aid has been approved to help Massachusetts residents recover from flood-related losses resulting from the heavy April rainfall. State Coordinating Officer Cristine McCombs, acting director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), said that the number of total applicants was expected to rise as homeowners, renters and businesses realize that aid is available and that their insurance may not adequately cover all losses.

2004-05-05 04:00 - News Release

BEVERLY, Mass. -- The Disaster Recovery Center in Peabody will cease operations at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 8, 2004, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today. Located at the Peter A. Torigian Community Life Center, 79 Central St., the center will be open Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (COB).

2004-05-04 04:00 - News Release

BEVERLY, Mass. -- If the recent April flooding did more damage to your personal or business property than your insurance will cover, or if you had no insurance at all, don’t panic; you may be eligible for a variety of state and federal disaster aid programs. As recovery efforts continue, many residents of disaster-declared areas are discovering that the cost of cleanup and repair may be more than they originally estimated. Insurance settlements may not cover all the repair costs or provide for damaged contents, and homeowners’ insurance doesn’t cover floods.

2004-05-03 04:00 - News Release

BEVERLY, Mass. -- Disaster recovery officials overseeing efforts to assist area residents dealing with flood damage and loss caused by April’s record-setting rainfall suggest a take-charge action plan for individuals and businesses to help speed the possibility of obtaining state and federal disaster aid: