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Federal Assistance for Hurricane Irene Tops $5M for Connecticut Residents

Federal Assistance for Hurricane Irene Tops $5M for Connecticut Residents

More than $5,089,356.61 in federal assistance to date has been approved to help Connecticut residents cope with their Tropical Storm Irene-related disaster expenses that are not covered by insurance.

The federal assistance includes $4,807,542.38 approved in housing aid to help the state's homeowners and renters repair damage to their primary residence that is not covered by insurance, to make the home safe, sanitary and functional. The assistance also offers rent for temporary housing for a limited period of time, as well as some funding for replacing homes destroyed in the disaster.

"I am pleased to see that state residents continue to receive much needed financial assistance after the effects of Tropical Storm Irene," said Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy. "If you suffered damage from Irene, you have until the deadline of Nov. 3 to register with FEMA to begin this disaster assistance process."

To date, 6,435 people have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and FEMA-contracted inspectors have completed 3,675 inspections.

Connecticut residents who have already provided damage information to their towns, FEMA, state officials or 2-1-1 must still complete the registration process with FEMA. The deadline to register is Nov. 3.

Additionally, Federal Other Needs Assistance (ONA) grants are helping to cover expenses such as: disaster-related medical and dental costs; disaster-related funeral and burial costs; clothing, household items, tools required for work and necessary educational materials; clean-up items; disaster-damaged primary vehicles; moving and storage expenses related to the disaster; and other necessary expenses or serious needs as determined by FEMA. ONA grants total $281,814.23 to date.

Individuals can continue to register with FEMA online or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362). Registration for federal assistance can also be made directly through Web-enabled mobile devices or smartphones.

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