March Storm Update
As many are aware, President Obama has denied Governor Rell’s request for FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) for residents and businesses located in New London county and across the state. The Governor has directed the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) to prepare an appeal of the decision. This appeal must include additional damage data in addition to what was previously collected by State and local officials.
Old Lyme residents and businesses are being asked to re-report their damages through the State’s 211 Infoline. Data collection began April 29, 2010 and continues through Friday, May 14th. Storm damage information can be given either over the phone, by dialing 211, or on-line at www.211ct.org.
The phone lines and web site are open 24/7. Old Lyme residents/business owners will be asked approximately 10 to 12 questions about the extent of damage they received from the storm events.
This data collection process will assist the State in preparing the appeal. If the appeal is granted and the State receives Individual Assistance funding, residents and businesses in the declared counties will receive further instructions on how to apply for assistance. This information will be made public in many ways, including on the DEMHS website at www.ct.gov/demhs.
If the appeal is not successful, the Governor may request a Small Business Administration disaster declaration for the impacted counties. If the SBA-only declaration request is granted, Physical Disaster Loans will be available to homeowners, renters and businesses and businesses can also apply for Economic Injury Loans (www.sba.gov).
Residents with additional questions can contact Emergency Management Director David Roberge: 860 4341605, extension 231.