FEMA to set up office in Greenwich

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is on its way to Greenwich to try and assist homeonwers and business owners who had property damaged during this week’s storm.

At Thursday’s Board of Selectmen meeting, First Selectman Peter Tesei announced that FEMA would be setting up a recovery center in the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center, which is also being used as an emergency shelter for residents who do not have power or have damaged homes. Once people have registered thier damage they can go there and have things processed.

Connecticut has been declared a federal disaster area, meaning that residents can apply for federal money to make repairs. Both Mr. Tesei and Gov. Dannel Malloy have stressed that anyone who has suffered damage to their homes or businesses must register with FEMA either by phone or online to access the aid. People can register by phone by calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7582, which is for hearing or speech impaired people. The line will be open for people to register seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Online applications are available at disasterassistance.gov.

On Thursday, Mr. Malloy announced that President Barack Obama had approved additional emergency funds for Connecticut. Under this declaration, there is a 100% cost share for 10 days for emergency power restoration and emergency public transporation assistance for Fairfield County.

“As we continue with the recovery process from Hurricane Sandy, I am very appreciative of President Obama’s commitment to the State of Connecticut and its residents,” Mr. Malloy said in a press release. “We continue to work to get the state back to normal following this devastating storm.”

This additional assistance includes reimbursement of the National Guard in State Active Duty to conduct emergency power restoration, emergency public transportation, or direct essential support to these missions. The 100% cost share means that, for limited categories of work performed during the first 10 days of the disaster, state and local agencies will not have to pay the usual 25% cost share. Mr. Malloy’s office said that in the coming days, FEMA will be providing further guidance to the state on what activities are covered under this adjustment.

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