DENVER – More than $25 million has been approved in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster grants for survivors of Colorado’s severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides that began on Sept. 11.
Nearly 18,000 households in Colorado have applied for assistance from FEMA in the nine counties designated for Individual Assistance under the Sept. 14 presidential disaster declaration.
The designated counties are Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Clear Creek, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan and Weld. More counties may be added as floodwaters recede and more damage assessments are completed by officials from the Colorado Office of Emergency Management, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Nine Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are now open seven days a week. They are in the cities of Boulder, Commerce City, Longmont, Idaho Springs, Colorado Springs, Estes Park, Loveland, Greeley and Milliken. More than 3,500 survivors have visited the centers where they can meet face-to-face with specialists.
To find the DRC closest to you, go to fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers.
Representatives from FEMA and the SBA are among the agencies represented at each DRC to explain assistance programs and help survivors apply for disaster aid.
For individuals who have hearing and visual disabilities or are deaf, DRCs can provide such accommodations as:
• Captioned telephones, which transcribe spoken words into text
• The booklet “Help After a Disaster” in large print and Braille
• American Sign Language interpreters, available upon request
• Magnifiers and assistive listening devices
• 711-Relay or Video Relay Services
Survivors with losses from the storms, flooding, mudslides or landslides will save time by registering for help from FEMA before going to a DRC.
Register with FEMA by phone: 800-621-FEMA (3362). Call center hours are 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., MDT, seven days a week. People who have a speech disability or are deaf or hard of hearing may call (TTY) 800-462-7585; users of 711 or Video Relay Service can call 800-621-3362. Help is available in many languages.
Register online: www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
Register by Web-enabled device, tablet or smartphone: type m.fema.gov in the browser.
For more information on the disaster operations, go to fema.gov/disaster/4145.