Bradley Urges Constituents to Sign Up for FEMA Flood Assistance Before July 24th Deadline

For Immediate Release - Friday, July 14, 2006

Contact - Stephanie DuBois, (202) 225-5456

(Salem, NH) - First District Congressman Jeb Bradley visited Rockingham Community Action in Salem today to remind New Hampshire citizens affected by the severe flooding in May to register for federal assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) before the July24th deadline, if they have not yet done so.

Bradley stated, "The floods of this spring have caused a great amount of damage to homes, businesses, and public infrastructure. Federal assistance is vital to the rebuilding process and will help many residents and businesses get back on their feet. While over 5,000 New Hampshire residents have already applied for help from FEMA, there are still some who have not yet registered. As registration is required to receive federal aid, I encourage individuals and businesses who have not yet registered to do so as soon as possible, and as always, constituents can call my office if I can be of assistance."

In late May, President Bush declared a major disaster for six counties in New Hampshire, paving the way for federal assistance from FEMA as well as the Small Business Administration (SBA). Individuals can register for FEMA assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA or logging on to www.fema.gov/assistance/register/shtm.

FEMA can provide up to $27,000 in financial assistance to individuals and households whose property has been damaged or destroyed by flooding. After that, homeowners may be eligible for a low-interest loan from the SBA. However, in order to qualify for any federal assistance, individuals must register with FEMA before July 24th. This date is also the deadline for returning the SBA loan application.

Businesses affected by the flooding may be eligible for physical disaster loans and/or economic injury disaster loans from the SBA. These low-interest loans can provide up to $1.5 million to repair or replace real estate, equipment or machinery, as well as to alleviate economic losses as a result of the disaster.

More information is also available on Bradley's website at www.house.gov/bradley.