FEMA money getting freed up for Irene cleanup

Governor Dannel P. Malloy has announced $5,089,356.61 in federal assistance has been okayed to help residents cope with Tropical Storm Irene’s wrath. “I am pleased to see that state residents continue to receive much needed financial assistance after the effects of Tropical Storm Irene,” Malloy said in a statement.  “If you suffered damage from Irene, you have until the deadline of November 3 to register with FEMA to begin this disaster assistance process.”

He said that 6,435 people have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and that FEMA-contracted inspectors have completed 3,675 inspections. The assistance includes $4,807,542.38 for housing aid to help homeowners and renters repair damage; rent for temporary housing; and to help replace homes destroyed in the disaster. Federal Other Needs Assistance (ONA) grants total $281,814.23 for disaster-related medical and dental costs, funeral and burial costs and clothing, household items. Also covered are tools; disaster-damaged primary vehicles; moving and storage expenses related to the disaster; and other necessary expenses or serious needs as determined by FEMA.

Malloy’s office said that individuals can continue to register with FEMA online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov anytime or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362).  Those with a speech or hearing disability may call (TTY) 800-462-7585.  The toll-free numbers are staffed seven days a week, from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. local time until further notice.  Help in most languages is available.  Registration for federal assistance can also be made directly through Web-enabled mobile devices or smartphones at m.fema.gov.

The deadline to register is November 3, 2011.