Governor Dannel P. Malloy today released a useful fact sheet for Connecticut residents seeking information on how to apply for federal disaster assistance resulting from Storm Sandy. The fact sheet provides step-by-step details on how the FEMA application process works and can be downloaded at www.ct.gov/sandy.
“Right now, one of our top priorities following Storm Sandy is to help individuals and business owners get their lives back to normal as quickly as possible,” Governor Malloy said. “This fact sheet is a one stop resource for residents – one that will be regularly updated with the latest information.”
The fact sheet will continue to be updated in the coming days as developments are made and additional assistance may become available.
When registering for the assistance, the Governor and FEMA are encouraging residents to utilize the online registration method at www.DisasterAssistance.gov in order to expedite the registration process and avoid potential telephone hold times.
Fact Sheet on Applying for Storm Sandy Disaster Assistance in CT
Updated: November 6, 2012
STATE OF CONNECTICUT
GOVERNOR DANNEL P. MALLOY LT. GOVERNOR NANCY WYMAN
FACT SHEET: HOW TO APPLY FOR STORM SANDY DISASTER RELIEF ASSISTANCE IN CONNECTICUT
Governor Dannel P. Malloy is encouraging Connecticut residents recovering from the impact of Storm Sandy in the four eligible counties to register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The major federal disaster declaration, signed by President Obama on October 30, offers federal assistance available to individuals, businesses, non-profits, and municipalities in Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London counties. Residents from these counties are eligible to register.
Assistance for losses sustained anytime after the storm, which began on October 27 and ended October 31, may include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help recover from the effects of the disaster. Even those with insurance may be eligible for help from FEMA if their insurance policy does not cover all their needs.
This is how the process works:
STEP 1: Register with FEMA
There are several ways to register:
- Apply online anytime at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. This is the preferred and most efficient method.
- Call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY at 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free number is open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. seven days per week.
- By smartphone or tablet, use m.fema.gov.When applying for aid, you will receive a nine-digit registration number that can be used for reference when corresponding with FEMA.
It is helpful to have the following information handy:
- Current telephone number;
- Address at the time of the disaster and current address;
- Social Security number, if available;
- A general list of damages and losses;
- If insured, the name of insurance company, agent and policy number; and
- Bank routing number for any direct deposit.FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers:Those with additional questions or who would like to speak to someone in person have the option of visiting one of several FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) that have been set up around the state. The DRCs are located at:
Housatonic Community College
900 Lafayette Blvd
Mondays through Fridays, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sundays, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Long Wharf Campus Gateway Community College 60 Sargent Drive
Mondays through Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Guilford Fire Headquarters (Police Dept.)
390 Church Street
Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 8, 2012, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Parsons Government Center (Gymnasium)
70 West River Street
Monday, November 5, 2012, 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 6 through Sunday, November 11, 2012, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
STEP 2: Receive a Property Inspection
Within a few days after registering, eligible applicants will be telephoned to make an appointment to have their damaged property inspected. The inspectors, who are FEMA contractors and carry identification badges, visit to make a record of damage. They do not make a determination regarding assistance. There is no cost for the inspection.
STEP 3: All Applicants Will Receive a Letter from FEMA Regarding the Status of Their Requests for Federal Assistance
Some will also receive an application for a low-interest disaster recovery loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Anyone who has questions about the letter from FEMA should call the helpline (1-800-621-3362 or TTY, 1-800-462-7585).
Those who receive an application packet from the SBA should complete and submit the forms. No one is required to accept a loan, but submitting the application may open the door to additional FEMA grants.