November 22, 2017

FEMA Sets Up 3 Disaster Recovery Centers in Vermont

“Following recent flooding in Vermont, and a declaration of disaster in several counties, FEMA is opening three disaster centers. Each of these centers is staffed with eight workers and will offer help from representatives from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration. These representatives are there to help those who have suffered losses due to the floods.

FEMA Sets Up 3 Disaster Recovery Centers in Vermont

The workers in these centers are stationed with computers and telephones while they wait to assist walk-in customers throughout the day. Several dozens of people have walked into these new centers since they opened only weeks ago.

At these DRCs (Disaster Recovery Centers), those affected by the floods in the counties of Addison, Chittenden, Essex Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille and Orleans can apply for low-interest loans providing their financial information. Customers are under no obligation to accept the loans that are offered, but they get the benefit of learning about their options. Customers who don’t qualify for one of these loans may be eligible for a government grant. Applications at these centers are being processed swiftly, and in many cases, in less than two weeks.

Small Business Administration representatives are available to help customers not only fill out their loan applications, but also record information about their financial assets and the damage the floods have caused to their property.

After a customer completes an application, the next step in the process is that a FEMA inspector pays a visit to their home or business in order to evaluate the damage and make a determination on the amount of financial assistance that will be extended.

Those interested in financial assistance can also call FEMA directly or register online. People may find it more beneficial to talk to someone in persona and have their questions answered. Visitors to the DRCs can also find information about housing and rental assistance information.

These DRCs are a one-stop shop for anyone in these affected areas who is seeking guidance and government assistance. Many people who have visited have already gained valuable help and information from DRC workers. With so many options including phone, online and in-person help, the people in need will have no trouble finding the aid that they seek.”

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