(Entrada de blog en español / Spanish blog post)
Loiza, PR, September 1, 2011 -- FEMA community relations specialist Enrique Colon, informs disaster survivor about the registration process. Community Relations teams are visiting the affected areas to inform the community about the registration process. Eliud Echevarria/FEMA
Albany, NY, September 2, 2011 -- Jamy Arzuaga, Human Resources unit lead, and Annia Santos, HR specialist, are deployed to support FEMA's operation in support of New York State in response to Hurricane Irene. President declares Disaster for State of New York to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Hurricane Irene. Photo by Elissa Jun/FEMA.
The administration, coordinated through FEMA, is committed to bringing all of the resources of the federal family to bear to support the states and territories that have been affected by Hurricane Irene. FEMA, through our regional offices in Boston, MA, Philadelphia, PA, New York City, NY, Atlanta, GA, and our Caribbean Area Office in Puerto Rico, have been in close contact and coordination with the states and territories that have been affected.
Over the past week, President Obama has declared major disaster declarations for the states of North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Vermont and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and emergency declarations for North Carolina, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Vermont, making available federal resources to support recovery efforts. Prior to Irene's making landfall on the East Coast a week ago today, FEMA deployed teams and resources along the East Coast from South Carolina to Maine.
In advance of Irene moving through the territories in the Caribbean, FEMA deployed teams to both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to coordinate directly with local officials on the ground. At the direction of President Obama and DHS Secretary Napolitano, FEMA continues to work with our federal, state, territorial, tribal and local partners, as well as voluntary organizations, the private sector, and others to respond to the aftermath of Irene. The following timeline provides an overview of these and other federal activities, to date, to support these territories, states, families and communities.
Saturday, September 3
- Residents and businesses in disaster-impacted areas of Connecticut, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Vermont and Puerto Rico, who have disaster-related losses not covered by insurance, can apply now for federal disaster assistance 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.
- As of noon today, more than 39,401 disaster survivors across North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Vermont and Puerto Rico have registered for individual assistance, which can include grants for temporary housing, home repairs, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the Hurricane Irene.
- Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are currently open in North Carolina, New York and Puerto Rico, and more are being prepared to open in New Jersey and Vermont. DRCs are locations where disaster survivors can meet one-on-one with representatives from state, local, federal, and voluntary agencies to learn about disaster assistance programs. As residents continue to return to their homes, more centers will be opening. Contact your local emergency management office for more information on locations and hours. As power is restored, DRC locations and hours will be available online at www.fema.gov/drclocator. Check back regularly, as locations are frequently updated.
- The Small Business Administration (SBA) is partnering with FEMA and state, local, tribal and territorial governments to assist in helping conduct damage assessments and provide assistance to disaster survivors and communities. SBA urges businesses and nonprofit organizations that may have incurred losses to learn about low-interest disaster loans of up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged real estate or inventory, as well as Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). Due to power outages and evacuations, some small businesses made it through the storm, but have lost significant amounts of business. Often, these businesses can be eligible for EIDL loans to help cover working capital needs, regardless of whether the business suffered property damage. More information is available at www.sba.gov.
- Federal, state and tribal personnel continue to conduct preliminary damage assessments in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut and Maine. These assessments are designed to give the governor of each state a better picture of damages, and to determine if a request for further federal support is needed.
See yesterday's blog post for a recap of earlier federal activities.