Friday, April 2, 2010
Federal flood aid on the way
Governor Deval Patrick announced on Monday that federal aid will become available to Massachusetts individuals and businesses hardest hit by the most recent flooding events. The assistance was authorized under a Major Federal Disaster Declaration issued by President Barack Obama after a review of Governor Patrick’s request for federal assistance for those most impacted by the flooding beginning on March 12, 2010, and continuing.
The President’s action makes Individual Assistance Programs available to affected homeowners, renters and businesses in a seven-county area, including Essex, Middlesex, Worcester, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth counties. Given this week’s storm and anticipated flooding, the Governor will expand his request to cover any damage resulting from the ongoing weather event.
The available Individual Assistance Programs administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) include Individuals and Households Programs (IHP), Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Crisis Counseling, Legal Assistance, Tax Relief, and Small Business Administration Disaster Loans. These programs will assist individuals and businesses in their recovery from the impacts of flooding.
Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can initiate the application for assistance by calling the FEMA teleregistration numbers: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired or registering on-line at www.fema.gov. The toll-free teleregistration numbers will operate Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m., on weekends - Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., until further notice.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For additional information about MEMA and winter and flooding preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema. Follow MEMA updates on Facebook and Twitter. ∆
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