New Belknap County assistance approved by FEMA

Homeowners, renters and small-business owners affected by October’s floodwaters in Belknap County are now eligible for disaster assistance.

An amendment handed down today by the Federal Emergency Management Agency added Belknap County to the original Oct. 26 list of areas in the Granite State that were accepted for individual disaster relief.

Belknap County had been made eligible for public assistance in the Oct. 26 declaration, but not individual assistance.

Today’s announcement makes county residents eligible for individual grants of up to $26,200 to cover disaster-related needs, including housing or transportation assistance costs and medical, dental or funeral costs. They also are eligible for low-interest loans through the Small Business Administration and the Farm Service Agency and disaster unemployment assistance.

Prior to today’s announcement FEMA aid in Belknap county had been limited to federal support to local government and nonprofit agencies.

State Coordinating Officer for the Bureau of Emergency Management, Mike Poirier, is encouraging individuals to t register with FEMA in order to apply for the state and federal disaster assistance programs

Belknap County residents or business owners can contact FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or by visiting

FEMA officials urge callers to have their current and pre-disaster address, current phone number, Social Security number, insurance information and bank account code for direct deposit available during the registration process. – TRACIE STONE

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