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News: Vermont Tropical Storm Irene

September 24, 2011
News Release
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- A mobile disaster recovery center vehicle will be making short visits to several Vermont communities beginning Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Middlebury. The following is the schedule of the visits:
September 24, 2011
News Release
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Just three weeks after Sept. 1 -- the date Vermont received a major disaster declaration due to the effects of Tropical Storm Irene -- FEMA has approved nearly $14 million in assistance grants to individuals and families. That includes over $13 million for housing assistance to help repair, rebuild or replace housing and for rental assistance, as well as more than $708,000 for assistance with other needs, such as replacement of personal property or medical expenses. Other numbers:
September 23, 2011
News Release
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Vermonters affected by Tropical Storm Irene may now visit a disaster recovery center in Lyndonville for disaster assistance information. Municipal Office Building119 Park AvenueLyndonville, VT 05851 The recovery centers are staffed with disaster recovery specialists from various federal, state and local agencies and organizations who can answer questions about disaster assistance programs. There are 11 recovery centers open in the state.
September 23, 2011
News Release
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Vermont disaster recovery centers have new Sunday hours. Beginning Sunday, Sept. 25, all recovery centers, except the newest in Lyndonville, will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Operating hours Monday through Saturday will continue to be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The newest recovery center is located in the Municipal Office Building, 119 Park Avenue, Lyndonville, and will be open Sunday, Sept. 25, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., then will be open on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. thereafter.
September 22, 2011
News Release
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Some Vermont municipalities that didn't join or failed to comply with provisions of the National Flood Insurance Program -- potentially making their residents ineligible for some disaster assistance -- will be getting a second chance. Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency said that some 39 Vermont communities who are listed as "sanctioned" will be given until March 1, 2012, to apply for entrance into the NFIP.
September 22, 2011
News Release
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Everybody who registers for help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will receive a letter from the agency. Some receive a letter saying they are "eligible."  It states the amount of assistance they will receive and how the money must be spent. Others receive a letter stating that they are "ineligible."
September 22, 2011
News Release
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- In the wake of spring flooding and additional flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene, state and federal officials are encouraging Vermonters to sign up for federally-backed flood insurance before the end of the month, when the program is set to expire. While funding for the National Flood Insurance Program has traditionally been extended by Congress, officials warn that during the period between its expiration and when a new funding measure is approved, residents seeking flood insurance may be unable to acquire it.
September 20, 2011
News Release
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Renters in 12 Vermont counties with losses due to Tropical Storm Irene are eligible for federal disaster assistance. "Irene did not discriminate between homeowners and renters," said Federal Coordinating Officer Craig Gilbert, leader of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's mission in Vermont. "We're here to help everyone who is eligible for assistance -- and that definitely includes renters."
September 19, 2011
News Release
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Some Vermonters who were affected by Tropical Storm Irene may have not registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance because of misconceptions or lack of accurate information. Here are some examples. MYTH: I thought my income was too high for me to qualify.FACT: There is no income cutoff for FEMA aid. Anyone with disaster damage or loss in the declared counties may be eligible for help. FEMA grants may cover under insured or uninsured losses.
September 17, 2011
News Release
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Vermonters affected by Tropical Storm Irene may now visit a disaster recovery center open in Ludlow for disaster assistance information. This is the 11th center to be opened in the state. Between Cool Moose and Dark Side Snowboard Shop57 Pond Street, Suite #4Ludlow, VT 05149 The recovery centers are staffed with disaster recovery specialists from various federal, state and local agencies and organizations who can answer questions about disaster assistance programs.