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September 28, 2011

*_FEMA Deadlines for Registration – URGENT_*

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*_FEMA Deadlines for Registration – URGENT_*

The deadline for registering with FEMA is quickly approaching. It is very important for all municipalities, private non-profits, individuals and businesses impacted by Hurricane Irene to register with FEMA by the deadlines listed below. If you are an _Individual or Small Business_ and need assistance registering or completing a FEMA application, please visit one of the FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers listed in the _Information and Resources_ section of this email. Registration takes about 20 minutes and is an important part of determining the level of assistance for Vermont. Once registered, you should be contacted by a FEMA representative within 2-3 days to schedule a site inspection. The Disaster Recovery Centers can also assist you in following up with FEMA once you have registered. Deadline Oct. 31^st .

If you are a municipality or _Private Non-Profit_ and you need assistance completing a Request for Public Assistance form, please contact Alex Portalupi at 802-828-3889 or Gary Schelley at 802-828-0425.
Deadline Oct. 1^st (Oct. 17^th for Grand Isle County)

*_Public Assistance and Private Non-Profit Organizations_**– Deadline Oct. 1^st (Oct. 17 for Grand Isle County)*

Government agencies and certain private non-profit organizations needing funds to rebuild infrastructure damages caused by hurricane Irene must register with FEMA no later than *Oct. 1, 2011 (Oct. 17^th for Grand Isle County).*

FEMA’s Public Assistance (Infrastructure) program reimburses state and municipal governments the cost of eligible emergency protective measures, debris removal, and can fund the repair, restoration, reconstruction or replacement of public infrastructure such as roads and bridges, water control facilities, public buildings and contents, public utilities and parks, and other recreational facilities damaged during a disaster. At this time, FEMA will fund up to 75 percent of the cost of approved projects.

Some private non-profit organizations may qualify for aid to restore certain types of facilities that include educational, utility, emergency, medical, custodial care, and other facilities that provide essential government types of services.

If you were affected and need assistance in your recovery you have until October 1, 2011(Oct. 17th for Grand Isle County) to file the Request for Public Assistance (RPA) form.Please click here to download a copy of the RPA form.
The completed form should be faxed to 802-828-2848.

If you need assistance in completing the form, please contact:

Alec Portalupi: 802-828-3889, email: alec.portalupi@state.vt.us
Gary Schelley: 802-828-0425, email: gary.schelley@state.vt.us

FEMA, working with the Vermont Agency of Transportation, will make a determination if the services provided by Private Non-Profit organizations are defined as critical or non-critical. If FEMA determines that the services provided are non-critical, you will be required to exhaust assistance from SBA before being considered for assistance from FEMA through the state of Vermont.

Registering with FEMA does not obligate you to accept assistance. If you miss the deadline however, you will not be eligible for consideration of disaster relief funding.

*_Individuals and Small Businesses_**- Deadline Oct. 31st*

Individuals and Small-Businesses needing funds for housing related expense or to rebuild after damages caused by hurricane Irene must register with FEMA no later than *Oct. 31, 2011.* If you have not yet registered, please do so by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.

Disaster assistance for Individuals may include grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance and other sources. There are no income limits when applying for FEMA emergency assistance. If you are denied assistance, it is important to follow up with FEMA to find out why assistance was denied and to determine the process for appealing that determination. If you need assistance completing your registration, applying for funds or appealing a determination, please visit one of the local disaster recovery centers. (_See Information and Resources Below_).

If you are an Individual and you have received an SBA disaster loan application in the mail, it is important to fill it out and return it.
You are not obligated to accept a loan, however filling out an application will determine your eligibility for a loan should you need additional compensation above the currently allocated grant amount.

FEMA Deadline for Registration URGENT!!!

Filed under: SRDC — admin @ 11:19 am

*_FEMA Deadlines for Registration – URGENT_*

The deadline for registering with FEMA is quickly approaching. It is very important for all municipalities, private non-profits, individuals and businesses impacted by Hurricane Irene to register with FEMA by the deadlines listed below. If you are an _Individual or Small Business_ and need assistance registering or completing a FEMA application, please visit one of the FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers listed in the _Information and Resources_ section of this email. Registration takes about 20 minutes and is an important part of determining the level of assistance for Vermont. Once registered, you should be contacted by a FEMA representative within 2-3 days to schedule a site inspection. The Disaster Recovery Centers can also assist you in following up with FEMA once you have registered. Deadline Oct. 31^st .

If you are a municipality or _Private Non-Profit_ and you need assistance completing a Request for Public Assistance form, please contact Alex Portalupi at 802-828-3889 or Gary Schelley at 802-828-0425.
Deadline Oct. 1^st (Oct. 17^th for Grand Isle County)

*_Public Assistance and Private Non-Profit Organizations_**– Deadline Oct. 1^st (Oct. 17 for Grand Isle County)*

Government agencies and certain private non-profit organizations needing funds to rebuild infrastructure damages caused by hurricane Irene must register with FEMA no later than *Oct. 1, 2011 (Oct. 17^th for Grand Isle County).*

FEMA’s Public Assistance (Infrastructure) program reimburses state and municipal governments the cost of eligible emergency protective measures, debris removal, and can fund the repair, restoration, reconstruction or replacement of public infrastructure such as roads and bridges, water control facilities, public buildings and contents, public utilities and parks, and other recreational facilities damaged during a disaster. At this time, FEMA will fund up to 75 percent of the cost of approved projects.

Some private non-profit organizations may qualify for aid to restore certain types of facilities that include educational, utility, emergency, medical, custodial care, and other facilities that provide essential government types of services.

If you were affected and need assistance in your recovery you have until October 1, 2011(Oct. 17th for Grand Isle County) to file the Request for Public Assistance (RPA) form.Please click here to download a copy of the RPA form.
The completed form should be faxed to 802-828-2848.

If you need assistance in completing the form, please contact:

Alec Portalupi: 802-828-3889, email: alec.portalupi@state.vt.us
Gary Schelley: 802-828-0425, email: gary.schelley@state.vt.us

FEMA, working with the Vermont Agency of Transportation, will make a determination if the services provided by Private Non-Profit organizations are defined as critical or non-critical. If FEMA determines that the services provided are non-critical, you will be required to exhaust assistance from SBA before being considered for assistance from FEMA through the state of Vermont.

Registering with FEMA does not obligate you to accept assistance. If you miss the deadline however, you will not be eligible for consideration of disaster relief funding.

*_Individuals and Small Businesses_**- Deadline Oct. 31st*

Individuals and Small-Businesses needing funds for housing related expense or to rebuild after damages caused by hurricane Irene must register with FEMA no later than *Oct. 31, 2011.* If you have not yet registered, please do so by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.

Disaster assistance for Individuals may include grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance and other sources. There are no income limits when applying for FEMA emergency assistance. If you are denied assistance, it is important to follow up with FEMA to find out why assistance was denied and to determine the process for appealing that determination. If you need assistance completing your registration, applying for funds or appealing a determination, please visit one of the local disaster recovery centers. (_See Information and Resources Below_).

If you are an Individual and you have received an SBA disaster loan application in the mail, it is important to fill it out and return it.
You are not obligated to accept a loan, however filling out an application will determine your eligibility for a loan should you need additional compensation above the currently allocated grant amount.

September 17, 2011

SBA Opens Business Recovery Center in Springfield, Vermont at SRDC

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The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the opening of a Business Recovery Center in Springfield, Vermont. Businesses affected by Tropical Storm Irene that occurred between Aug. 27 and Sept. 2 should come to the Center to apply for disaster assistance.

The Center opens Wednesday, Sept. 21st at the Office of the Springfield Regional Development Corporation, 14 Clinton Street, Springfield, VT 05156, the operating hours are from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. closed on Sundays, until further notice.

The space being utilized for the Business Recovery Center was obtained through a coordinated effort by the Vermont District Director and the Executive Director of the Springfield Regional Development Corporation, Bob Flint.

SBA’s representatives will be on hand at the Business Recovery Center to issue loan applications, answer questions about the disaster loan program, explain the application process and assist business owners in completing their applications.

“Businesses and non-profit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets,” said Darcy Carter, SBA’s Vermont district director.” The SBA may increase a loan up to 20 percent of the total amount of disaster damage to real estate and/or leasehold improvements, as verified by SBA, to make improvements that lessen the risk of property damage by future disasters of the same kind.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private non-profit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.

To obtain additional assistance call the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET or send an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Those affected by this disaster may fill out a loan application online by visiting SBA’s website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is October 31, 2011. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 1, 2012. For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at www.sba.gov.

September 9, 2011

For Businesses & Individuals – Irene Flooding Response & Recovery

Filed under: SRDC — admin @ 3:14 pm

Here’s a good summary of information on available resources courtesy of the VT Agency of Commerce & Community Development

Federal Disaster Declarations Received:
Vermont received a federal disaster declaration for “Public Assistance” (public property, some non-profits) damage statewide (except Grand Isle County) and “Individual Assistance” (private homeowners and businesses) in Addison, Bennington, Chittenden, Orange, Rutland, Washington, Windham, and Windsor counties.

Have You Registered with FEMA Yet? It’s Essential You Register with FEMA:
Registering with FEMA is the critical 1st step towards getting help. Public entities, non-profits, individuals and businesses need to register with FEMA at 1-800-621-3362; or, apply online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/home/ and select Disaster 4022 for Irene flooding. Vermont
Emergency Management (VEM) now has up-to-date guidance to help you register at http://vem.vermont.gov/home/iasteps.

FEMA-Contracted Inspectors Will Visit You Within Several Days if you own a home or business:
FEMA has contracted with Alltech, Inc. to provide contractors to inspect eligible homes and businesses who have registered with FEMA to make a record of damage. They do not make a determination regarding assistance. There is no cost for the inspection.
NOTE: All inspectors should produce Alltech, Inc. badges that were issued by FEMA. These badges contain their name and their FEMA issued ID number. If you have a concern regarding the legitimacy of a contractor please contact FEMA Inspection Services Coordinator Ken Walsh at 540-532-8156.

Visit Your Closest Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) to Get Information & Help if You Might be Eligible for Individual Assistance:
Three DRCs are open as of September 6 in Waterbury, Barre, and Brattleboro ; more will open shortly (Dover, Killington, and elsewhere). The DRCs are staffed with disaster recovery specialists from various federal, state and local agencies and organizations who can answer your questions face-to-face, including FEMA, VT Emergency Management, Small Business Administration, Red Cross, and others. The centers operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

Waterbury Fire Department
43 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05676

Barre Municipal Auditorium
16 Auditorium Hill
Barre, VT 05641

Living Memorial Park Skating Rink
61 Memorial Park Drive
Brattleboro, VT 05301

Assistance for Businesses and Individuals:
Individuals and businesses that have suffered damage in Addison, Bennington, Chittenden, Orange, Rutland, Washington, Windham, and Windsor counties should be registering with FEMA now if you have not yet already. Once individuals and businesses have registered with FEMA, you may be eligible for help from the Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA offers loans and can cover physical losses AND working capital, as well as lost revenue. Private and non-profit owners of rental housing property are eligible for the loans as well. You can get information that best meets your needs at your closest Disaster Recovery Center (see Page 1). FEMA will forward the information from all the businesses that have applied to Small Business Administration. Businesses will then need to contact Small Business Administration at 1-800-659-2955 to access the funding (which will be a loan). More information on the SBA loans is at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/category/results/

Vermont Economic Development Authority:
VEDA has created a special loan program specifically for business owners affected by this most recent event. Please visit http://www.veda.org or call 802.828.5627 for more information.

Take Action Now!
If your property has been damaged, take immediate corrective action – - if your roof is leaking, put a roof on your building; if your carpets are wet, get them dried.

FEMA recommends that you:
• Take lots of photos and document the damage.
• Keep all receipts.
• Document all volunteers who are helping out (you can may be able to use this for any necessary cost share) – - Use a “Sign-in” book, with their name, time in, time out.
• Take action NOW to protect your property.

Can Your Historic Building Be Saved? Immediate Assistance is Available for Commercial, Non-Profit, Municipally-Owned Historic Buildings that have been damaged:
FEMA and the State encourage property owners to NOT demolish damaged buildings built before 1961 until the buildings have been professionally assessed for damage unless the buildings pose a threat to life or other property. Historic buildings are often very well-built and can withstand a fair amount of surface damage while maintaining their structural integrity. Many of our historic buildings made it through the 1927 flood and with some thoughtful assessments and assistance they can make it though Tropical Storm Irene! FEMA or the Preservation Trust of Vermont can assist in determining whether a potentially historic building can be rehabilitated or whether it is so damaged that it warrants demolition. The Preservation Trust of Vermont offers matching grants up to $500 for Emergency Conditions and Engineering Assessments for commercial and public buildings across the state. Contact the Preservation Trust of Vermont at www.ptvermont.org.

For more information:
Vermont Emergency Management (VEM) – http://vem.vermont.gov
VEM is an important source of current information. Watch the site each day for updates and an announcement re to locations and schedules Disaster Recovery Centers. Often, the most current information can be found on VEM’s Facebook page.

VT Agency of Commerce & Community Development – http://www.dca.state.vt.us/
ACCD is a good source of information for businesses and non-profits, and for information on helping preserve damaged historic buildings.

Preservation Trust of Vermont – http://www.ptvermont.org/irenehelp.php
The Preservation Trust of Vermont offers small matching grants for Emergency Conditions and Engineering Assessments for non-profit, municipally-owned, and commercial buildings as well as links to useful information for flood-damaged properties.

VT League of Cities & Towns – http://www.vlct.org/
The League is an important source of information for towns and villages.

September 2, 2011

More Information on Resources to Assist with Flood Damage for Businesses

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This comes courtesy of Congressman Peter Welch’s office –

Irene Fed Assis Avail to VT Bizs 20110901

September 1, 2011

Special VEDA Financing Available for Hurricane-Damaged Businesses & Farms

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Gov. Peter Shumlin, Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross, Secretary Lawrence Miller from the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, and VEDA CEO Jo Bradley announced today that Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) has allocated up to $10 million in special low- interest financing for Vermont businesses and farms who suffered direct physical damage as a result of Hurricane Irene.
The Hurricane Irene Assistance Loan Program funds are available immediately, the Governor said.
“This is important support for farmers and business owners across the state who found themselves in the path of the storm,” Gov. Shumlin said. “I hope those in need will take advantage of this program.”
“Many of Vermont’s businesses and farms suffered significant damage as a result of the terrible flooding caused by the hurricane,” said Bradley. “We want to do everything we can to help those affected rebound as quickly as possible from these devastating losses.”
The funds will be available to help commercial businesses and farms who suffered direct physical damage as a result of the hurricane. Affected not-for-profit organizations are also eligible for the special low-interest financing.
Eligible financing purposes include, but are not limited to, damages to and/or losses of inventory, equipment, business premises, feed, crops and livestock. The maximum loan amount under the program is $100,000; the interest rate will be 1 percent for the first two years of the loan, with no payments required during the first year. At the beginning of the third year, the rate will adjust for commercial businesses to the VEDA Small Business Loan Program variable index, and for farm loans, to the Vermont Agriculture Credit Corporation prime rate index.
Applications for financing may be obtained by calling VEDA at 802-828-5627. Applications may also be downloaded and/or completed on-line at www.veda.org.
Applications will be reviewed and loans approved on a first-come, first-served basis until all available funds are exhausted. For more information, please contact VEDA at 802-828-5627, visit www.veda.org, or email info@veda.org.

Hurricane Irene Flood Assistance Program Info Sheet (2)