Governor Urges Flood Victims to Register With FEMA Before July 24th Deadline

For Immediate Release
Friday, July 14, 2006
Contact: Communications Director
Office of the Governor
603-271-2121

CONCORD - Gov. John Lynch today urged victims of the May floods to register with FEMA before the July 24th deadline.

"I urge all New Hampshire citizens who suffered damage in the May floods to register with FEMA before the July 24th deadline. Even if you are not certain you will qualify, it is better to register now in case you find out later your damage was greater than you originally thought," Gov. Lynch said. "Registering with FEMA is important because even if you are denied, it will provide a better assessment of what the unmet needs are from the May floods, which possibly can be filled in other ways."

Registering with FEMA also gives flood victims access to information about the Small Business Administration's (SBA) disaster relief program. SBA assistance is not just for small businesses, but offers help to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes affected by the flooding. The SBA has staff available to answer questions about the disaster loan program at the Flood Recovery Centers in Concord, Manchester, Raymond and Rochester. The deadline for SBA applications is July 24, 2006. The SBA has already approved over 300 loans totaling $8.6 million for victims affected by the May floods.

In order to qualify for federal flood assistance, citizens must register with FEMA before July 24 - 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 do follow up work.

New Hampshire residents with flood damage should call 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.

"The only way to qualify for FEMA assistance is to register with FEMA, and I encourage New Hampshire citizens who were impacted by the floods to register," Gov. Lynch said.

When calling or registering online have the following information available:

* Your current phone number;
* Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying;
* Your Social Security number, if available;
* A general list of damages and losses you suffered;
* If insured, the name of your company or agent and your policy number;
* General financial information; and
* Bank account coding if you wish to speed up your assistance with direct deposit