Storm Damage and FEMA Assistance

(The following information was received from the City of Gloucester.)

Here is the information regarding the declaration of emergency for the March 12th storm and possibly for the last storm as well. We still have not reached the threshold for the February storm, but have 90 days from the event to request federal aid.

The President has declared the Commonwealth of Massachusetts a disaster area due to severe storms and flooding beginning on March 12, 2010 and continuing, and has authorized providing financial assistance, FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program (IHP) to help homeowners and renters affected by the disaster with housing needs and necessary expenses.

NOTE: FEMA’s repair assistance will not pay to return a home to its condition before the disaster.

To be considered for IHP housing assistance, the affected home must be the individual’s primary residence and it must be located in the disaster area designated for Individual Assistance. To be considered for IHP assistance for necessary expenses or serious needs, the loss must have occurred in the disaster area designated for Individual Assistance. An individual or a pre-disaster member of the household must be a United States citizen, a non-citizen national or a qualified alien.

When a disaster is declared and Individual Assistance is authorized, affected individuals are directed to register with FEMA and to make sure that the information they provide is complete and correct.

Registration can be done in the following ways:

  • Telephone. Call the toll-free number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
  • Speech- or hearing-impaired callers can use the TTY number 1-800-462-7585
  • Internet. Go to

When registering, applicants will need to provide the following information:

  • Name and Social Security number
  • Address of the damaged property
  • Current address and telephone number
  • Insurance information
  • Total household annual income
  • A bank routing and account number for direct deposit
  • A description of your losses caused by the disaster

Once the registration is complete, a copy of the registration/application will be sent to the applicant and if a need is identified, an inspector will be assigned to view the damaged property.

For Additional Information please go to:

Please forward this information onto other interested parties. Thank you.

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