• Harry Arora

Governor seeks major disaster declaration for Hurricane Ida remnants

Dear friends and neighbors, Many of our residents suffered substantial damage to their homes and automobiles from Hurricane Ida remnants. However, much of the damage was not visible by an external or aerial view. As a result, while counties in NY and NJ had major disaster declarations last month, no such declaration was made for CT. A detailed assessment done by FEMA and state agencies confirmed the extent of the damage. Hence, the Governor has requested the President for a major disaster declaration for various counties of CT. The Governor has, in specific, requested individual assistance for the Fairfield and New London county (including the two tribal nations in New London county). The Governor has also asked for public assistance for Fairfield and Middlesex counties. Furthermore, he has requested the implementation of the Hazard mitigation grant program statewide. If the President approves the Governor's request, several FEMA programs will become available to households and public entities. The Individual assistance program will provide households with grants of up to $37,000 for uninsured home repair and $37,000 for other needs like cleanup and rental reimbursement. The public assistance and hazard mitigation grants will provide resources to towns and non-profits to repair buildings and other public infrastructure. Now we await the President's approval so that this assistance can be made available to residents in our community. Please stay tuned. As soon as the major disaster declaration is approved, I will ensure that information about all assistance programs is available to our residents. Please pass on this information to any family or friend who suffered damage from Ida.

Sincerely, Harry Arora Ranking member - Labor and Public Employees committee PS: Governors letter to President for major disaster declaration

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