FEMA assistance deadline extended to Jan. 28

For those impacted by Superstorm Sandy and worried about registering for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance on time, fear not — Gov. Dannel Malloy has extended the registration deadline to Jan. 28.

“With more than $20 million in federal aid approved already, there is clearly a need for many residents for assistance,” Gov. Malloy said in a press release from his office. “Extending this deadline will ensure that any resident or business affected by Storm Sandy has ample time to apply for assistance.”

To date more than $20 million in federal disaster assistance has been approved to help Connecticut residents with disaster-related expenses. The deadline had originally been Dec. 31, but the extension will now give residents for more weeks to get things in order.

Roughly 11,400 Connecticut residents in Fairfield, Middlesex, New Haven, and New London counties, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, and the Mohegan Tribal Nation have registered for federal disaster assistance and more than $9.6 million has been approved for housing assistance, including short-term rental assistance and home repair costs. Additionally, more than $620,000 has been approved to cover other essential disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions, and more than 8,700 disaster loan applications have been issued by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA). Of that number, almost 7,000 are for home loans and about 1,800 are for businesses. More than $11.6 million in SBA loan have been approved.

Residents in Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London counties as well as businesses across the state who suffered damage from Superstorm Sandy are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting the recovery center by either calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or online through DisasterAssistance.gov. For those with speech or hearing disabilities, the TTY number is 1-800-462-7585.

Residents seeking additional information are encouraged to download the fact sheet available at ct.gov/sandy.


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