Federal aid available for storm damaged properties
FEMA has established a Disaster Recovery Center (
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- Receive information about different types of state and federal disaster assistance
- Get help completing low-interest loan applications from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for homeowners, renters and business owners
- Inquire about the status of applications for federal assistance
- Receive referrals to voluntary organizations to help with immediate unmet needs
- Learn cost-effective mitigation measures to reduce the impact of future disaster losses.
Each Disaster Recovery Center is staffed with FEMA, SBA and state agency disaster recovery specialists who are ready to help survivors through the recovery process.
“Do it now. Get into the FEMA system,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden, who oversees the county’s OEM. “I urge affected residents to go online or make that call; the sooner they register for assistance, the sooner assistance may become available.
Registering with FEMA is required for federal aid, even if the person has registered with another disaster relief organization such as the American Red Cross, local officials or churches.
Registrants with FEMA must use the name that appears on their Social Security card. Applicants need to provide:
- Social Security number
- Address of the damaged home or apartment
- Description of the damage
- Information about insurance coverage
- A current contact telephone number
- An address where you can get mail
- Bank account and routing numbers if they want direct deposit of any financial assistance.
“Many of our residents and business owners have had a tough time dealing with these storms,” Arnone said. “I urge them to register for assistance right away.”
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