Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today (Feb. 22) announced that more than $50 million in federal assistance has been approved, to date, to help individuals and businesses with disaster expenses since President Obama approved the Disaster Declaration following Storm Sandy.
“I want to thank FEMA for extending the deadline to apply for disaster assistance, not once but twice,” said Gov. Malloy. “With over 12,000 claims filed, clearly many residents took advantage of the help they were entitled to.”
“Getting back to normal after a disaster like this is paramount, and the assistance from FEMA was undeniably a big factor for many in making that possible,” the governor said.
A total of 12,380 Connecticut residents registered for federal disaster assistance during the application period that ended Feb. 11.
And 6,340 inspections of damaged properties have been conducted statewide.
The $50 million-plus in federal disaster assistance includes:
$11,688,520 approved for housing assistance, including short-term rental and home repair;
$934,961 approved to cover other essential disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions;
$36,795,400 in low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, businesses and private nonprofit organizations approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration;
$10,969 in Disaster Unemployment Assistance as a result of Sandy approved;
and $1,562,258 in Public Assistance grants has been obligated to municipalities statewide for Sandy-related expenses.
The registration deadline has passed, but applicants may check the status of applications or receive other assistance by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Helpline hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. The TTY number is 800-462-7585. Multilingual operators also are available.
To check the status of an application online go to http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or at m.fema.gov on a Smartphone or other web device.
Posted February 22, 2013
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