Governor Janet Mills today, Feb. 5, urged Maine people and businesses impacted by the December 17-21, 2023 storm and flooding to apply for financial assistance and low-interest disaster loans to help them recover from the extreme weather event.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) Teams have arrived in Maine to help impacted individuals and families in Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford, and Somerset Counties apply for Federal assistance that may help them pay for temporary housing, home repairs, and other needs resulting from the storm.
Low-interest loans are also available from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help impacted businesses of all sizes – as well as eligible homeowners, renters, and non-profit organizations – repair or replace property damage resulting from the storm. Businesses may also be eligible for working capital loans.
I urge eligible Maine people and businesses to take advantage of Federal assistance that can help them repair or replace property damaged by the severe December storm. We will continue to work closely with FEMA to help Maine people recover from the recent storms as we also strive to make our communities more resilient to extreme weather and climate change in the future.
In the coming days, FEMA and the State of Maine are expected to announce the opening of several Disaster Recovery Centers where impacted people can learn about disaster assistance programs, apply for disaster assistance, check the status of FEMA applications, understand FEMA notices or letter, meet with Small Business Administration agents, and get referrals to other agencies, among other services.
Additionally, FEMA DSA Teams are going door-to-door, canvassing neighborhoods in Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford and Somerset counties, helping impacted residents to register for FEMA disaster assistance. DSA Teams can also help survivors update their information and assist with referrals to voluntary agency partners. Residents are encouraged to ask for federal identification before providing any personal information.
Impacted residents can apply for FEMA federal assistance by visiting DisasterAssistance.gov.
Homeowners, renters, and businesses can apply for low-interest disaster loans at sba.gov/disaster.