Flood Recovery Assistance Centers To Open Tomorrow

From the Office of Governor John Lynch

CONCORD - Four flood recovery centers, designed to help flood victims to easily connect with FEMA and other assistance, will open tomorrow in Raymond, Manchester, Rochester and Concord.

"As a state, we can't eliminate federal requirements, but we are working to do everything possible to help our families through the process and help them to recover. These centers - opened thanks to the leadership of our community action agencies and our Bureau of Emergency Management, in cooperation with FEMA - will allow people hurt by the floods to get one-on-one help," Gov. Lynch said.

"While FEMA assistance will cover some of our citizens' needs, it likely won't be enough for some of the hardest-hit families," Gov. Lynch said. "That is why I am encouraging everyone in New Hampshire to consider contributing to the State of New Hampshire Disaster Relief Fund, which will get our families on the road to recovery."

WMUR will be holding a telethon for the Disaster Relief Fund from 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, June 2.

Donations to the fund can also be made by sending a check to:

State of New Hampshire, Disaster Relief
25 Capitol Street, Room 121
Concord, NH 03301

The centers, which will be run out of local Community Action Agencies, will be staffed with representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the State of New Hampshire, and the local community action programs.

In order to qualify for federal flood assistance, citizens must register with FEMA - even if they have already registered with the Red Cross, or other organizations. FEMA's central office will walk flood victims through the registration process, and then field teams will be dispatched to inspect the damage.

New Hampshire residents with flood damage must first still register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. Those with speech and hearing impairment may call TTY 1-800-462-7585. You may also register on-line at www.fema.gov.

About 1,500 people have already registered.

The local disaster recovery centers will provide people with assistance working through the FEMA process, and help connect them with additional resources

Those offices will open up tomorrow Friday (June 2) at the following locations:

The Community Action Program of Belknap-Merrimack County
2 Industrial Park

Rockingham Community Action Center
55 Prescott Road

Southern NH Services
40 Pine Street

Strafford County Community Action
1 Wakefield Street #306

In addition, the New Hampshire State Flood Hotline continues to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-458-2407.