• Harry Arora

ALERT: Disaster declaration for CT APPROVED

Dear friends and neighbors, The President of the United States approved Connecticut's request for a disaster declaration for damage from remnants of Hurricane Ida. Specifically, the President approved the FEMA individual assistance programs for Fairfield county and New London county (including the two tribal nations in New London county) and the Hazard mitigation program for the entire state. The FEMA public assistance grant program is still pending completion of the FEMA preliminary damage assessment. This approval enables various assistance programs for households/businesses: The FEMA Individual Assistance Program makes federal disaster assistance available to homeowners, renters, and business owners who sustained uninsured or underinsured damage to their property in Fairfield County and New London County. This may include grants/reimbursements for temporary housing and emergency home repairs to make housing safe, accessible, and secure. The FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program will help state agencies, local governments, and tribal nations take actions that can reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural disasters. You can apply for financial assistance NOW: The fastest and easiest way to apply for FEMA assistance is by visiting disasterassistance.gov or by downloading the FEMA app. If it is not possible to apply online, call 800-621-3362. When you look up your zip code, the "Apply Online" button will show up. Click that button to start the process. The application is estimated to take on average 20 minutes. HERE is a link to the frequently asked questions. All money offered by FEMA is tax-free, and you must use it as stated in your award letter. How does the application process work: Here is an outline of the FEMA application process, including the FEMA inspection done before approving the grant. Here is the FEMA fact sheet for the IHP assistance programs. FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program (IHP) gives financial help or direct services to people with essential needs not met through other means. The maximum amount offered under IHP is set on an annual basis. IHP aid is supplemental and meant to help you restore your damaged property to a safe, sanitary, and usable condition. It does not take the place of insurance and will not restore the property to its condition before the disaster. Please forward this email to family or friends who may have suffered damage in Fairfield/New London county from Hurricane Ida remnants.

Sincerely, Harry Arora Ranking member - Labor and Public Employees committee PS: Governors press release regarding approval of disaster declaration

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