Deadline extended to apply for federal aid
With total federal support to date for Hurricane Sandy damage in the Ocean State now exceeding $9.8 million, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the deadline for Rhode Islanders with losses from Sandy to register for assistance until Feb. 13. As of Jan. 10:
• 590 households have registered with FEMA for some form of disaster assistance, including financial grants, loans and other disaster-related services.
• $368,374 has been approved in grants to cover repairs to homes and rental assistance.
• $22,086 has been approved to help Rhode Islanders with other disaster-related needs, such as lost personal property and loss of transportation.
• 71 applicants have requested aid from the public assistance program. For these applicants, FEMA has prepared 97 separate projects totaling nearly $2.4 million, of which $347,793 has already been obligated to the state to reimburse state and local government.
• $631,400 in low-interest, disaster recovery loans to homeowners has been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
• The National Flood Insurance Program estimates that approximately 1,000 claims have been filed related to Hurricane Sandy in Rhode Island, and around $6.5 million has been paid out.
Rhode Islanders have until midnight on Feb. 13 to register by calling 1-800-621-3362. The deadline to apply for special disaster unemployment benefits is Feb. 4. File a claim online at DLT.ri.gov.