FEMA opens more disaster recovery centers - WFSB 3 Connecticut

FEMA opens more disaster recovery centers

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FAIRFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

The Federal Emergency Management Agency continues to set up shop in shoreline communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

FEMA will open three more mobile disaster recovery centers this week, with the first opening in Fairfield on Monday.

In the days after Sandy, FEMA dispatched staffers all over the state to some of the hardest hit areas along the shore, including in Fairfield which saw hundreds of homes suffer major damage and thousands without power for more than a week.

The disaster recover center will open at the Fairfield Senior Center to help residents as they begin the lengthy process of recovering and rebuilding.

According to the state, so far more than $2.2 million in federal disaster assistance funds have been approved for Connecticut residents.

With so many shoreline residents out of their homes due to flooding, most of the money will be used to help with housing, list short term rental assistance and repair costs.

but, before storm victims can get help, they first need to register with FEMA.

Residents needing to register can do so by calling 1-800-621-3362 or by registering online by clicking here.

Once registered with FEMA, staff at the mobile disaster centers can provide assistance in pointing them in the right direction when it comes to finding out what resources are available.

In addition to FEMA, the Small Business Administration will also be on hand.

Since Sandy they have issued nearly 5,000 low interest disaster loan applications to homeowners and businesses.

On Tuesday, another mobile disaster recovery center will open in East Lyme for three days at Town Hall, and on Thursday one will open at Norwalk City Hall.

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