FEMA Aid for CT


Federal Aid Programs for State of Connecticut Disaster Recovery

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Release date:
October 30, 2012
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Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama’s major disaster declaration issued for Connecticut.

Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:

Rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable.  Initial assistance may be provided for up to three months for homeowners and at least one month for renters.  Assistance may be extended if requested after the initial period based on a review of individual applicant requirements.  (Source: FEMA funded and administered.)

  • Grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance to make damaged dwellings safe, sanitary and functional.  (Source: FEMA funded and administered.)
  • Grants to replace personal property and help meet medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable aid programs.   (Source: FEMA funded at 75 percent of total eligible costs; 25 percent funded by the state.)
  • Unemployment payments up to 26 weeks for workers who temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster and who do not qualify for state benefits, such as self-employed individuals.  (Source: FEMA funded; state administered.)
  • Low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance.  Loans available up to $200,000 for primary residence; $40,000 for personal property, including renter losses.  Loans available up to $2 million for business property losses not fully compensated by insurance.  (Source: U.S. Small Business Administration.)
  • Loans up to $2 million for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes that have suffered disaster-related cash flow problems and need funds for working capital to recover from the disaster’s adverse economic impact.  This loan in combination with a property loss loan cannot exceed a total of $2 million. (Source: U.S. Small Business Administration.)
  • Loans up to $500,000 for farmers, ranchers and aquaculture operators to cover production and property losses, excluding primary residence.  (Source: Farm Service Agency, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.)
  • Other relief programs: Crisis counseling for those traumatized by the disaster; income tax assistance for filing casualty losses; advisory assistance for legal, veterans benefits and social security matters.

Assistance for the State, Tribal and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

  • Payment of not less than 75 percent of the eligible costs for removing debris from public areas and for emergency measures, including direct federal assistance, taken to save lives and protect property and public health.  (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.)
  • Payment of not more than 75 percent of the approved costs for hazard mitigation projects undertaken by state, tribal and local governments to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural or technological disasters.  (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.)

How to Apply for Assistance:

  • Those in the county designated for assistance to affected residents and business owners can begin the disaster application process by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers are available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) Monday through Sunday until further notice.  Applicants registering for aid should be prepared to provide basic information about themselves (name, permanent address, phone number), insurance coverage and any other information to help substantiate losses.
  • Application procedures for local and state governments will be explained at a series of federal/state applicant briefings with locations to be announced in the affected area by recovery officials. Approved mitigation projects are paid through the state from funding provided by FEMA and other participating federal agencies.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema, and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate’s activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

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Give or Get Help in CT after Hurricane Sandy

Welcome to WordPress.com! This is the very first post after we regained our power.

This site is an attempt to join with people who want to give help, or obtain help as we recover from Hurricane Sandy in Connecticut.

Many of us are looking at the damage, not knowing where to turn, or what to do next.

Many of us have been spared damage and have watched the devastation from the comfort of our homes or vehicles,  life hardly uninterrupted, except for delays,  and the news on television, papers, and radio.

Many of us have suffered great losses of property,

Many of us have been unable to live in our homes for days.

Many more of us have been without power, and all the modern ammenities that we have grown to need.

Who ever you are, and where ever you are in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, I dream this site may be a step toward the way things were, and the forging of new connections between people who want to make a difference in their community.

Maybe you need help cleaning out your basement, cutting up a tree, or getting a ride to the store to buy food, a cup of coffe, or  new  household items that were destroyed by the water .

Maybe you have pickup truck, a wheelbarrow, a bucket,  a shovel,  an old refrigerator you can donate, a warm thermos of coffee, a bottle of water, some time, a smile and some faith in the power of helping others.

If you would like your community named on a unique site just make a post and I will do the rest . There are so many communities that need help I do not know where to start, who who will decide to use the resource.




To give help,

1) join wordpress.com

2) go to this site https://hurricanesandyhelpinct.wordpress.com

and say: a)who you are,  b)where you are,  c)what you can do to help, d)what you can offer and finally,  d)how you can be reached (phone, email, text, twitter, facebook)

To Get help,

2) join wordpress.com

2) go to this site https://hurricanesandyhelpinct.wordpress.com

say where you are, what you need, and how you can be reached (phone, email, text, twitter, facebook, etc.)

DISCLAIMER….The world is also inhabited by people who want to blame others for their situations, so I must be responsible by making this disclaimer………..Sadly, In this modern world, there are probably a few evil people who might try to exploit the disaster for their own personal benefit, so be thoughtful introducing yourself. Plan to meet new people a blocks away from your house,  with other trusted friends, neighbors or your phone. If you are not comfortable with the possibility of a negative person or situation, do not use my site. You can exchange information by calling each other’s cell phones, noting vehicle license numbers or sharing personal identification. I believe 99% of people are kind, generous, caring,  and want to help. Regardless, be careful, use caution, seek a genuine quality person that does not look for compensation,  want to borrow your stuff, or to go in your house. Consider this my warning and disclaimer that I can not be held responsible for yours, or another’s actions or choices if you choose use this resource to network and meet new people.

Now, Go Forth, do good deeds, treat others as you would want to be treated and see the world as your neighborhood.

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