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Posted on: November 4, 2021

Disaster Declaration Due to Damage From Remnants of Hurricane Ida

On October 30, President Biden approved a presidential disaster declaration due to the damage caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida in early September.  Approval of this declaration will provide much-needed financial assistance to homeowners, renters, and business owners in the areas that were heavily impacted by the floods from this severe storm. 

The FEMA Individual Assistance Program makes homeowners, renters, and business owners who sustained uninsured or underinsured damage to their property in Fairfield County and New London County eligible for federal disaster assistance. This may include grants for temporary housing and emergency home repairs to make housing safe, accessible, and secure. FEMA is unable to duplicate insurance payments and encourages survivors to file insurance claims for damage to their homes, personal property, businesses, and vehicles as soon as feasible.

The fastest and easiest way to apply for this assistance is by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov  or by downloading the FEMA app. If it is not possible to apply online, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines are currently operating from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. daily. If using a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, please provide FEMA the number for the service. Survivors who may need to request an accommodation or have additional questions can call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., seven days a week. Help is available in most languages.

 The window to apply for assistance will close in December, so residents interested in applying should file a claim now. Once the window is closed, assistance will not be available. 


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