President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Massachusetts

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May 16, 2024

WASHINGTON ­-- FEMA announced today that federal disaster assistance is available to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to supplement recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding from Sept.11-13, 2023. 

The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Bristol and Worcester counties.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-interest loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures in the Commonwealth.

Robert V. Fogel has been named Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas. Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further assessments.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated areas can begin applying for assistance by registering online at, by calling 1-800-621-3362 or by using the FEMA App. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.

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