Gov. Shumlin: Deadlines Extended for FEMA Assistance
MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved an extension to the deadline for individuals and municipalities to apply for federal disaster assistance. The deadline for Individual Assistance and Public Assistance is now November 15, 2011.
“This is great news,” the Governor said. “Vermonters now have additional time to apply for critical assistance from FEMA. I encourage everyone who thinks they might be eligible to contact their local FEMA office now to submit an application.”
The initial deadline was Oct. 31. With cold weather approaching, it was important for the deadline to be extended to allow more Vermonters – many of whom have been distracted with storm cleanup – to seek federal assistance.
Individual homeowners, renters, businesses, or others who suffered losses as a result of flooding at the end of August are eligible for assistance to repair their homes or to recover other losses. Even if damage is minor, or if you are unsure whether damage will be covered by federal grants, individuals should apply as soon as possible, the Governor said.
To register for Individual Assistance disaster assistance, call 800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with a speech disability or hearing loss who use a TTY can call 800-462-7585 directly, or 800-621-3362, if using 711 or Video Relay Service. Registration can also be done online anytime at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through web-enabled mobile phone devices or smartphones at m.fema.gov.
Communities that suffered damage in the floods should submit their application for Public Assistance to the Vermont Agency of Transportation. FEMA will provide at least 74 percent reimbursement for storm response and recovery costs for municipalities. Regional planning commissions, the Vermont Agency of Transportation, and PA specialists from FEMA can help with the application process.
Applications for BOTH Individual and Public Assistance MUST be completed by November 15, 2011.