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July 12, 2011

Vermont Counties Granted Individual and Public Assistance Disaster Declaration

Governor Peter Shumlin and Vermont’s Congressional delegation announced this evening that President Barack Obama has approved an action by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to establish a second and distinct disaster period in Vermont for the time period of may 26-27. The declaration provides Public Assistance and Individual Assistance for Caledonia County and Individual Assistance for Washington County. Washington County had previously been approved for Public Assistance.

“This is welcome news to the citizens of Caledonia and Washington counties who experienced devastation from a natural disaster unseen in Vermont for many years,” Governor Shumlin said. “This federal assistance coupled with state assistance will get help to the people of these counties and restore them to where they were the day before the storm. I would like to thank our Congressional delegation, which joined with my administration in working with the Obama administration to get needed help to Vermonters. Vermonters are a proud and strong people who take pride in their state and their communities. With this support and assistance we can help these damaged areas rebuild and continue our mission of getting Vermonters to work.”

The President’s action makes Individual Assistance (IA) programs available to affected homeowners and renters in Washington and Caledonia counties. It also avails businesses, homeowners and renters to low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration.

Individuals and business owners, who sustained losses in the designated counties, can initiate the application for assistance process by calling the FEMA teleregistration numbers: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. You may also register on-line at www.disasterassistance.gov. If you previously called Vermont 211 to report damage you still need to contact FEMA to apply for assistance.

The Public Assistance declaration allows communities to receive 75 reimbursement for all response and recovery costs associated with storms and floods that began May 26, 2011. The state of Vermont sustained more than $5-million in public infrastructure damage this spring.

Source: Vermont Emergency Management
Last Updated at: July 12, 2011 07:56:04