Hurricane Season


Connecticut has endured the historic Hurricane Sandy, and we are now in the phase of recovery. Please continue to check this page for the latest information.

 

DISASTER ASSISTANCE

President Obama has issued a major disaster declaration for Connecticut, which entitles individuals, non-profits, and local governments to receive federal funds to recover from Hurricane Sandy. The declaration covers affected people and governments in all counties. If you need disaster assistance, please visit FEMA’s website: http://www.fema.gov/assistance/index.shtm. Deadline to apply is February 12, 2013.

Flood Response: FEMA has opened an office for Connecticut Flood Insurance policyholders.  This office is for National Flood Insurance Program policyholders and the agents who write those policies.  Anyone with questions about homeowners insurance that does not cover flood-related claims should direct their questions to the state Insurance Department.  The office is located at 1064 E. Main St. in Meriden and is open from 8am-5pm Monday-Friday and 8am-noon on Saturdays.

For farmers, orchards, dairy producers: find out what assistance the United States Department of Agriculture offers: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=DISASTER_SAFETY

To speak to someone at the Connecticut FSA office: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/stateoffapp?mystate=ct&area=home&subject=landing&topic=landing

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced foreclosure protection for Connecticut victims of Hurricane Sandy: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2012/HUDNo.12-168

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will be open in the following locations:

New Haven--Long Wharf Campus of Gateway Community College, 60 Sargent Drive, open Monday-Saturday 8am-8pm, Sunday 10-5

Stratford--Stratford Public Health Center, 468 Birdseye Street, open Monday Noon-8pm, Tuesday-Wednesday 8am-8pm

Tax Relief: You may qualify for tax relief from the Internal Revenue Service. For more information, click http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Tax-Relief-for-Victims-of-Hurricane-Sandy-in-Connecticut.

Retirement Plans:  401(k) and similar employer-sponsored retirement plan participants can take out loans and hardship distributions.  For more information, click: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Retirement-Plans-Can-Make-Loans,-Hardship-Distributions-to-Sandy-Victims

 

INFORMATION FOR VETERANS

Home Loan Assistance: Veterans who have difficulty paying their mortgage due to Sandy-related issues should call 877-827-3702.

Compensation and Pensions: Veterans and their family members experiencing difficulties receiving VA compensation or pension benefits due to Sandy should call 1-800-827-1000.

 

UTILITY CONTACTS:
Northeast Utilities
Customer Service Number: 1-800-286-2000

United Illuminating
Customer Service Number: 1-800-7-CALL-UI (1-800-722-5584)

 

HOW TO HELP:

Volunteering: The Connecticut Red Cross is asking interested volunteers to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with their phone number and email address. The Red Cross will then contact them with further information about how they can help out.

Blood Donations: To find the location closest to your home if you're interested in donating blood, please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

Monetary Donations: Persons interested in donating to charitable solicitations for hurricane recovery efforts are encouraged to review “Tips for Giving in Times of Crisis” available online from Charity Navigator in order to avoid charities fraud. Charity Navigator has also prepared a webpage specific to Hurricane Sandy with tips for making smart giving decisions in the wake of the storm, as well as a list of highly-rated charities responding.