Deadline for FEMA assistance pushed to Feb. 12

Those struggling to register for financial assistance before the deadline from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the wake of Superstorm Sandy have a little bit more leeway now as Gov. Dannel Malloy has extended the registration deadline to Feb. 12.

“With more than $37 million in federal aid approved already, there has clearly been a need for assistance for many residents,” Gov. Malloy said in a press release. “Extending this deadline will ensure that any resident or business affected by Storm Sandy has ample time to apply for federal aid. We will continue with the recovery process until everyone’s life is back to normal.”

Those who have sought federal disaster assistance include more than 12,000 Connecticut residents in Fairfield, Middlesex, New Haven, and New London counties, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, and the Mohegan Tribal Nation. Additionally, more than $10.7 million has been approved for housing assistance, including short-term rental assistance and home repair costs, and more than $849,000 has been approved to cover other essential disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions. Furthermore, more than $26.4 million in Small Business Administration (SBA) loans have been approved.

Residents in Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London counties, as well as businesses across the state who suffered damage from Sandy are encouraged to register with FEMA by either calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or visiting their website at DisasterAssistance.gov.

For those with speech or hearing disabilities, the TTY number is 800-462-7585.

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