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June 20,2011 East Longmeadow, Longmeadow,Hampden,Wilbraham & Sixteen Acres FREE HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER The time to apply for FEMA aid is now
By G. Michael Dobbs Managing Editor
SPRINGFIELD – On June 16, Gov. Deval Patrick came to Court Square the day after President Barack Obama declared Hampden and Worcester counties federal disaster areas with a message of thanks and hope. Patrick said, “It will take time
to rebuild, but we will rebuild.” Mayor Domenic Sarno promised the city would come out of the carnage “bigger and better.” The Obama Administration announced on June 15, two weeks after the tornado ripped through parts of Westf ield, West Springfield, Springfield, Wilbraham, Monson, Brimfield, Sturbridge and Charlton, that residents and businesses affected by the storm could be eligible for additional assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
At a press conference at City Hall on June 15, Nick Russo, assistant director of Federal Coordinating Officer Operations for FEMA, urged everyone who is
a victim to call 1-800-621-3362 to register with FEMA for potential aid. The registration center is open from 7 to 1 a.m., he said. Those with a connection to the Internet can register online at www.fema.gov/assistance/index.s
htm, he added. Registrants will receive an identification number, which they should keep handy in their dealings with FEMA, Russo said.
Russo explained FEMA
would soon begin opening its disaster relief centers in the affected areas to service victims. He said that some victims might receive a denial of aid letter from FEMA due to a “glitch” in the system. In that case, they should come to the centers with the letter and the registration number to learn more.
Calling the insurance carrier for a home or business is the first step, Russo said. FEMA funds, for those who qualify, are an additional resource for recovery. Russo emphasized that the
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(Front row from left to right) Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Gov. Deval Patrick and Congressman Richard Neal all spoke at a press conference at Court Square in Springfield on June 16 in reaction to the declaration the area has been named a federal disaster area.
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