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FEMA Approves Over $6 Million for Massachusetts Residents Affected by September Storms

You May Qualify – Don’t Wait to ApplyFRAMINGHAM, MA – Over $ 6 million has been approved to date for 971 households. Homeowners and renters in Bristol and Worcester counties with uninsured losses from the September 2023 storms and flooding may be eligible for financial assistance for temporary lodging, basic home repairs, personal property losses and other uninsured disaster-related expenses.You have one week left. The deadline to apply for FEMA assistance for Massachusetts residents affected by the severe storms and flooding that took place Sept. 11-13, 2023 is July 15.Those affected by the disaster can apply for FEMA assistance by visiting DisasterAssistance.gov, downloading the FEMA App or calling 1-800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages. If you use video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or another relay service, give FEMA your number for that service when you call. Phone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 12. a.m. seven days a week. Those who would like to speak with someone in person can visit the Disaster Recovery Center at the following location:Leominster City Hall at 25 West Street. Will remain open until July 15, 2024 at 6 p.m.DRC Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on SaturdayCenters are accessible to people with disabilities or who may not speak English well or need American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation services. The facilities are equipped with assistive technology equipment, including Video Remote Interpreting, large print or braille material and amplified listening systems. If you need a reasonable accommodation, sign language interpreter, or translation or interpreter assistance, please let a FEMA specialist at the center know. If a disaster survivor cannot travel to the DRC, FEMA will arrange a home visit.For the latest information visit 4780 | FEMA.gov. Follow FEMA on Twitter (X) at twitter.com/femaregion1 and at facebook.com/fema.For updates on Massachusetts response and recovery operations, follow the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency on Twitter (X) MEMA (@MassEMA) / X and Facebook Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) | Facebook or visit Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency | Mass.gov. […]

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FEMA Encourages Those Affected by September Flooding to Stay in Touch

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Massachusetts residents in Bristol and Worcester counties affected by the severe storms and flooding that took place from Sept. 11-13, 2023 should stay in touch with FEMA after they have registered. This ensures that your application stays on track. Updating FEMA on changes in insurance, current housing situation, phone number, mailing address and payment preference is important. Missing or incorrect information could delay the financial assistance you may be eligible to receive. When contacting FEMA, refer to the nine-digit number assigned to you when you applied.If you applied for assistance and have yet to hear back from FEMA, you should call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 to ask about the status of your application. Your application could be missing information, and that may prevent your application from being completed. You may update information in one of the following ways:Going online at DisasterAssistance.govDownloading the FEMA appCalling 800-621-3362 Help is available in multiple languages. If you use video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or another relay service, give FEMA your number for that service when you call. Phone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. seven days a week.Residents who have not yet applied for federal assistance for the September storms can still submit an application by the July 15 deadline by calling the helpline, going online or through the app.You can also visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) to speak with FEMA specialists face-to-face. Two DRCS are located at the following addresses: Leominster City Hall, 25 West Street, Leominster, MA  01453 (Closed for the July 4th holiday)Bristol Community College, 11 Field Road, Attleboro, MA 02703 (Scheduled to cease operations on Wednesday, July 3 at 3 p.m.)Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on SaturdayCenters are accessible to people with disabilities or who may not speak English well or need American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation services. The facilities are equipped with assistive technology equipment, including, Video Remote Interpreting, large print or braille material and amplified listening systems. If you need a reasonable accommodation, sign language interpreter, or translation or interpreter assistance, please let a FEMA specialist at the center know. If a disaster survivor cannot travel to the DRC, FEMA will arrange a home visit.For the latest information visit 4780 | FEMA.gov. Follow FEMA on Twitter (X) at twitter.com/femaregion1 and at facebook.com/fema.For updates on Massachusetts response and recovery operations, follow the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency on Twitter (X) MEMA (@MassEMA) / X and Facebook Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) | Facebook or visit Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency | Mass.gov. […]

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Disaster Recovery Center in Attleboro Scheduled to Close on July 3

FRAMINGHAM, MA – The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Attleboro at Bristol Community College is scheduled to close on Wednesday, July 3 at 3 p.m. The DRC has been open to assist residents affected by the severe storms and flooding that took place Sept. 11-13, 2023 in Bristol and Worcester counties. Affected residents can visit the DRC at Bristol Community College (11 Field Road) until July 3. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Centers are accessible to people with disabilities or who may not speak English well or need American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation services. The facilities are equipped with assistive technology equipment, including, Video Remote Interpreting, large print or braille material and amplified listening systems. If you need a reasonable accommodation, sign language interpreter, or translation or interpreter assistance, please let a FEMA specialist at the center know. If a disaster survivor cannot travel to the DRC, FEMA will arrange a home visit.Residents don’t need to visit a DRC to apply for FEMA assistance. Other ways to register include: Online at DisasterAssistance.govDownloading the FEMA appCalling 800-621-3362 Help is available in multiple languages. If you use video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or another relay service, give FEMA your number for that service when you call. Phone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.The deadline to apply is July 15. For the latest information visit 4780 | FEMA.gov. Follow FEMA on Twitter (X) at twitter.com/femaregion1 and at facebook.com/fema.For updates on Massachusetts response and recovery operations, follow the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency on Twitter (X) MEMA (@MassEMA) / X and Facebook Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) | Facebookor visit Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency | Mass.gov. […]

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Disaster Recovery Center in Attleboro Scheduled to Close on July 3

FRAMINGHAM, MA – The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Attleboro at Bristol Community College is scheduled to close on Wednesday, July 3 at 3 p.m. The DRC has been open to assist residents affected by the severe storms and flooding that took place Sept. 11-13, 2023 in Bristol and Worcester counties. Affected residents can visit the DRC at Bristol Community College (11 Field Road) until July 3. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Centers are accessible to people with disabilities or who may not speak English well or need American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation services. The facilities are equipped with assistive technology equipment, including, Video Remote Interpreting, large print or braille material and amplified listening systems. If you need a reasonable accommodation, sign language interpreter, or translation or interpreter assistance, please let a FEMA specialist at the center know. If a disaster survivor cannot travel to the DRC, FEMA will arrange a home visit.Residents don’t need to visit a DRC to apply for FEMA assistance. Other ways to register include: Online at DisasterAssistance.govDownloading the FEMA appCalling 800-621-3362 Help is available in multiple languages. If you use video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or another relay service, give FEMA your number for that service when you call. Phone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.The deadline to apply is July 15. For the latest information visit 4780 | FEMA.gov. Follow FEMA on Twitter (X) at twitter.com/femaregion1 and at facebook.com/fema.For updates on Massachusetts response and recovery operations, follow the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency on Twitter (X) MEMA (@MassEMA) / X and Facebook Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) | Facebookor visit Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency | Mass.gov. […]

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Disaster Recovery Center in Attleboro Scheduled to Close on July 3

FRAMINGHAM, MA – The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Attleboro at Bristol Community College is scheduled to close on Wednesday, July 3 at 3 p.m. The DRC has been open to assist residents affected by the severe storms and flooding that took place Sept. 11-13, 2023 in Bristol and Worcester counties. Affected residents can visit the DRC at Bristol Community College (11 Field Road) until July 3. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Centers are accessible to people with disabilities or who may not speak English well or need American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation services. The facilities are equipped with assistive technology equipment, including, Video Remote Interpreting, large print or braille material and amplified listening systems. If you need a reasonable accommodation, sign language interpreter, or translation or interpreter assistance, please let a FEMA specialist at the center know. If a disaster survivor cannot travel to the DRC, FEMA will arrange a home visit.Residents don’t need to visit a DRC to apply for FEMA assistance. Other ways to register include: Online at DisasterAssistance.govDownloading the FEMA appCalling 800-621-3362 Help is available in multiple languages. If you use video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or another relay service, give FEMA your number for that service when you call. Phone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.The deadline to apply is July 15. For the latest information visit 4780 | FEMA.gov. Follow FEMA on Twitter (X) at twitter.com/femaregion1 and at facebook.com/fema.For updates on Massachusetts response and recovery operations, follow the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency on Twitter (X) MEMA (@MassEMA) / X and Facebook Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) | Facebookor visit Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency | Mass.gov. […]

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One Month After Massachusetts Disaster Declaration Over $4.8 Million Approved

FRAMINGHAM, MA –One month after President Joe Biden signed a federal disaster declaration for Massachusetts for the severe storms and flooding that took place Sept. 11-13, 2023, in Bristol and Worcester counties, FEMA has provided 779 households with $4,863,642 in federal disaster assistance. Of the total awarded, FEMA has approved $2,973,973 to help homeowners and renters with temporary housing and home repairs, and $1,889,668 to help survivors replace personal property and with storm-related necessities like childcare, storage, disaster medical and dental expenses, and other disaster-related items.“We will continue to work with our state and local partners, making every effort to reach those affected by the September storms,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Bob Fogel. “Our goal is to ensure that everyone who is eligible for FEMA assistance receives it.”FEMA home inspectors have completed 963 inspections, moving applicants through their program eligibility review process. And FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance specialists have reached out to over 2,000 survivors to provide information about registering.FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) have seen 514 individuals and have taken 175 registrations. DRCs are a great opportunity for individuals to meet with FEMA specialists for in-person one-on-one support. Two DRCs are currently open, one in Attleboro (at Bristol Community College, 11 Field Road) and one at the Leominster City Hall (25 West Street). Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Centers are accessible to people with disabilities or who may not speak English well or need American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation services. The facilities are equipped with assistive technology equipment, including, Video Remote Interpreting, large print or braille material and amplified listening systems. If you need a reasonable accommodation, sign language interpreter, or translation or interpreter assistance, please let a FEMA specialist at the center know. If a disaster survivor cannot travel to the DRC, FEMA will arrange a home visit.Other ways to apply for FEMA assistance before the July 15 deadline include: visiting DisasterAssistance.gov, downloading the FEMA App or calling 1-800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages. If you use video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or another relay service, give FEMA your number for that service when you call. Phone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.For the latest information visit 4780 | FEMA.gov. Follow FEMA on Twitter (X) at twitter.com/femaregion1 and at facebook.com/fema.For updates on Massachusetts response and recovery operations, follow the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency on Twitter (X) MEMA (@MassEMA) / X and Facebook Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) | Facebook or visit Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency | Mass.gov. […]

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FEMA Specialists Reaching out to Applicants

FRAMINGHAM, MA – To support Massachusetts residents who have applied for disaster assistance for the storms and flooding that took place Sept. 11-13, 2023, FEMA specialists are following up with some of the applicants by phone. FEMA may need to contact applicants for any one of the following reasons: to help registrants complete their application; verify information provided at registration; make an appointment for an inspection; or to discuss needs for additional financial assistance. Phone calls are made to the applicant’s number provided during registration.  Applicants should be aware that phone calls from FEMA may come from an area code outside Massachusetts or an unidentified number. If you have questions or concerns about someone contacting you from FEMA, you can call the agency’s helpline at 1-800-621-3362. Press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish and 3 for all other languages. If you use video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA your number for that service. Phone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.If you registered for disaster assistance with FEMA, be sure to stay in touch. If you changed your address or phone number — even temporarily — please update that information by calling FEMA or through your DisasterAssistance.gov account. Missing or incorrect information could result in delays in receiving assistance. It’s a good idea to provide a secondary contact phone number —  a cell phone or a land line number (if you have one). You should also call the helpline if you have questions on the status of your application. Or you can visit one of the Disaster Recovery Centers in Attleboro (11 Field Road) or Leominster (at City Hall, 25 West Street), open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., call 1-800-621-3362 or visit your account on DisasterAssistance.gov.For the latest information visit 4780 | FEMA.gov. Follow FEMA on Twitter (X) at twitter.com/femaregion1 and at facebook.com/fema.For updates on Massachusetts response and recovery operations, follow the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency on Twitter (X) MEMA (@MassEMA) / X and Facebook Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) | Facebook or visit Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency | Mass.gov. […]

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Understanding Your FEMA Decision Letter

Framingham, MA. – Massachusetts residents who applied for assistance from FEMA for the storms and flooding that took place Sept. 11-13, 2023, will receive a determination letter online or by mail (or both, depending on your request). If the applicant is found eligible for assistance, the letter will explain the amount of assistance FEMA provided and information on the appropriate use of disaster assistance funds.  Applicants who are found ineligible should read the letter carefully as it will explain the reasons for the ineligibility and what may be needed to submit for reconsideration. In some circumstances, the survivor may only need to submit additional information or supporting documentation for FEMA to continue processing the application. Examples of missing documentation may include:Proof of insurance coverageSettlement of insurance claims or denial letter from insurance providerProof of identityProof of occupancy Proof of ownershipProof that the damaged property was the applicant’s primary residence at the time of the disaster.Questions about your letter can be answered by calling the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362. You may also visit your nearest Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). DRC locations: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Leominster City Hall, 25 West Street, Leominster, MA 01453Bristol Community College, 11 Field Road, Attleboro, MA 02703Appealing FEMA’s DecisionApplicants may use an optional “appeal request form” which is included in the decision letter received from FEMA. An applicant may submit documents to support their need for additional assistance, such as a contractor’s estimate for home repairs, or missing documents as described in the decision letter for additional consideration.If the documentation is from a third party, as may be the case with items such as receipts, bills, lease/housing agreements, merchant/employer/medical statements, or estimates for repairs, it must include contact information for the third party so that FEMA may verify the submitted documentation. An applicant may handwrite the third party’s contact information on the receipt if it is not already included.If someone other than the applicant files the appeal, the applicant must also submit a signed statement giving that person the authority to represent the applicant. An applicant may also choose to complete and submit FEMA Form FF-104-FY-21-118: Authorization for the Release of Information Under the Privacy Act to give another person authority to represent them. This form is available at https://www.disasterassistance.gov/get-assistance/forms and accessible to those who have a dissasterassitance.gov account. All appeal submissions should include the following information to ensure the appeal is appropriately associated with the applicant’s file:Applicant’s full name,Applicant’s FEMA Application Number and Disaster Number,Address of the applicant’s pre-disaster primary residence, andApplicant’s current phone number and address.FEMA cannot duplicate assistance provided by another source, such as insurance settlements. Survivors who are underinsured may receive additional assistance for unmet needs after insurance claims have been settled.Appeals must be made within 60 days of the date of the decision letter. Supporting documents may be submitted to FEMA by fax, mail or via a FEMA online account. To set up an online account, visit DisasterAssistance.gov, click on “Apply Online” and follow the directions. By mail: FEMA National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville MD 20782-7055By fax: 800-827-8112 Attention: FEMA. You may also visit your nearest Disaster Recovery Center to submit your appeal. In Person: By visiting a Disaster Recovery Center.For the latest information visit 4780 | FEMA.gov. Follow FEMA on Twitter (X) at twitter.com/femaregion1 and at facebook.com/fema.For updates on Massachusetts response and recovery operations, follow the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency on Twitter (X) MEMA (@MassEMA) / X and Facebook Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) | Facebook or visit Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency | Mass.gov. […]

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Rhode Island Storm Recovery – Keep in Touch, Stay on Track

WARWICK, RI. – Although the deadline to apply for FEMA assistance after the winter storms and flooding has passed, we are still available to help applicants.If you have already applied for FEMA assistance, you can ask questions, update your contact information and application, get advice on appealing a FEMA determination and submit required documentation.Documents can be submitted by:Logging into your account at DisasterAssistance.govStandard Mail: P.O. Box 10055 Attn: FEMA Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055 Fax 1-800-827-8112 (Cover sheet required).While the disaster recovery centers are no longer open, applicants can reach FEMA by calling toll-free 800-621-3362 or going online to DisasterAssistance.gov. The phone line is open daily from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. ET, (press 3 for an interpreter who speaks your language). If you use a relay service such as VRS, captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA your number for that service.If you need assistance with your online account, please call 800-745-0243For the latest information visit 4765 | FEMA.gov or 4766 | FEMA.gov. Follow FEMA on Twitter (X) at twitter.com/femaregion1 and at facebook.com/fema.For updates on Rhode Island’s response and recovery operations, follow the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency on Twitter (X) twitter.com/RhodeIslandEMA and Facebook facebook.com/RhodeIslandEMAor visit www.riema.ri.gov. […]

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FEMA Deadline Approaching: Don’t Delay, Apply Today

WARWICK, RI. – Homeowners and renters in Kent, Providence and Washington counties who had damage from the severe storm and flooding that took place from Dec. 17-19, 2023 and Jan. 9-13, 2024 have just one week left to apply for disaster assistance.The deadline to apply for disaster assistance from FEMA is May 20.There are several ways to register:Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages and operates daily from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. ET. If you use video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or another relay service, give FEMA your number for that service when you call. For an accessible video on how to apply for assistance go to, youtube.com/watch?v= WZGpWI2RCNw.Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov.Download the FEMA mobile app available on Google Play or the Apple App Store.Assistance from FEMA may include funds for temporary housing while you are unable to live in your home, such as rental assistance or reimbursement for hotel costs. Grants are also available for repair or replacement of damage for owner-occupied homes that serve as the household’s primary residence.Funding may also be available for repair to privately owned access routes, such as driveways, roads, or bridges, that sustained damage which prevents safe entry to a primary home. Other FEMA grants include expenses for the repair or replacement of personal property and vehicles and other serious needs, including for moving and storage, medical, dental, childcare and other miscellaneous disaster-related expenses.Applicants for disaster assistance should have the following information prior to registration: Social Security number; address of the damaged primary residence; insurance coverage information; current telephone number and mailing address; and bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds.Survivors should keep their contact information updated with FEMA because an agency representative may need to reach you to perform a home inspection or get additional information. For faster reimbursement, FEMA encourages survivors to request direct deposits of disaster assistance to their financial institution. Survivors should let FEMA know as soon as possible of any changes to their mailing or banking information.Disaster assistance is not a substitute for insurance and cannot compensate for all losses caused by a disaster. The assistance is intended to meet basic needs and supplement disaster recovery efforts.For the latest information visit 4765 | FEMA.gov or 4766 | FEMA.gov. Follow FEMA on Twitter (X) at twitter.com/femaregion1 and at facebook.com/fema.For updates on Rhode Island’s response and recovery operations, follow the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency on Twitter (X) twitter.com/RhodeIslandEMA and Facebook facebook.com/RhodeIslandEMAor visit www.riema.ri.gov. […]