FEMA Centers Transform to Help Businesses

Centers opened to help victims of Tropical Storm Irene will focus on businesses.

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Seven of the state’s 11 FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will soon transition into Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Outreach Centers.

    The centers opened in each county in the state to help people who suffered damage and losses from Tropical Storm Irene.

    The Danielson, Storrs-Mansfield and Old Saybrook will permanently close because of low volume and the Greenwich DRC will move to a new location in Bridgeport, Gov. Dannel Malloy said.

    Homeowners could be eligible for SBA disaster loans up to $200,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed homes and homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

    Businesses, on the other hand, may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets.

    Malloy said on Thursday that SBA has approved more than $136,000 in low-interest disaster loans to Connecticut residents and businesses that suffered damage from Tropical Storm Irene and FEMA has approved $3.2 million in individual assistance in the state.

    At 10 a.m. on Monday, the DRCs in East Haven, Farmington, Guilford, Groton, North Haven, Orange and Torrington will become SBA DLOCs and all will permanently close on Oct. 6, except the center in East Haven, which will remain open through Oct. 13.

    The center in Greenwich will move to Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport and will be open on Monday, from noon until 7 p.m. Hours after opening day are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, through Oct. 6.

    DRCs in Danielson and Storrs-Mansfield will close at 7 p.m. on Sept. 23, while the Old Saybrook DRC will close at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

    The deadline to file an application for physical damage to homes or businesses is Nov. 3. The deadline for businesses with economic injury is June 4, 2012.

    Obtain information concerning the SBA by dialing 800-659-2955. For those with speech or hearing disabilities, the TTY number is 800-877-8339.

    To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, register with FEMA online anytime at www.disasterassistance.gov, or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 for TTY. These toll-free telephone numbers will operate 7 a.m. through 10 p.m. daily.

    These seven FEMA DRCs will become BA DLOCs:

    North Haven
    Gateway Community College, Room 117- Cafeteria
    88 Bassett Road
    Transitions to DLOC, Monday, Sept. 26
    Open: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Friday
    Closes: Thursday, Oct. 6

    Farmington
    Tunxis Community College, Cyber Café
    271 Scott Swamp Road
    Transitions to DLOC, Monday, Sept. 26
    Open: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Friday
    Closes: Thursday, Oct. 6

    Groton
    Groton Senior Center
    102 Newtown Road
    Transitions to DLOC, Monday, Sept. 26
    Open: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Friday
    Closes: Thursday, Oct. 6

    Torrington
    Meeting Room
    111 Water Street
    Transitions to DLOC, Monday, Sept. 26
    Open: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday- Friday
    Closes: Thursday, Oct. 6

    Orange
    High Plains Community Center, Probate Court hearing room
    525 Orange Center Road
    Transitions to DLOC, Monday, Sept. 26
    Open: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Friday
    Closes: Thursday, Oct. 6

    East Haven
    The Beach House, East Haven Town Beach
    160 Cosey Beach Avenue
    Transitions to DLOC, Monday, Sept. 26
    Open: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Friday
    Closes: Thursday, Oct. 13

    Guilford
    Guilford Police Department, Community Room
    400 Church Street
    Transitions to DLOC, Monday, Sept. 26
    Open: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Friday
    Closes: Thursday Oct. 6

    Location and hours of the FEMA DRC moving from Greenwich to Bridgeport:

    Bridgeport
    Housatonic Community College
    900 Lafayette Blvd.
    Open: Noon – 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26
    Thereafter open: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 27 to Saturday, Oct. 1 and Monday, Oct. 3 through Thursday, Oct. 6