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Prepare Your Furnace for Winter

Release date: 
September 30, 2011
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WINDSOR, Conn. -- Temperatures are expected to drop soon. Especially with damage following Tropical Storm Irene, now is the time for Connecticut residents to be sure their furnaces are operating and ready for cold weather.

“As temperatures continue to drop, it will be important for Connecticut residents to check furnace efficiency, especially as we recover from Tropical Storm Irene,” said Reuben F. Bradford, Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

Federal assistance may be available for cleaning and testing furnaces damaged by Tropical Storm Irene. Assistance may also be available to repair or replace the furnace if it is destroyed.

 “Homeowners sometimes determine furnace repairs are required after storms and flooding,” said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Stephen De Blasio. “If you live in Connecticut and you had water damage to your furnace from Tropical Storm Irene, register for assistance.”

After a homeowner receives federal aid to cover cleaning and testing expenses, it may become apparent that the furnace needs to be repaired or replaced. Residents have the option of filing an appeal for additional disaster funds within 60 days of the date of their assistance-award letter. The additional aid may be requested by writing to a FEMA appeals officer. The address is included in the applicant’s letter with instructions about how to apply for disaster assistance. In light of the possibility of additional aid, applicants are strongly encouraged to keep receipts and copies of contractor estimates for any work on the flood-damaged furnace.

If you had damage to your home, and have not already registered, register online at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA/3362 or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Phone lines are open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. until further notice. The deadline for registering is Nov. 3.

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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.

Last Updated: 
January 3, 2018 - 12:17