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The rain has stopped for now, but many Vermonters (and the federal government) are wondering if it’s really over. This is important because current FEMA disaster relief for affected parts of Vermont is for damages incurred between April 23 and May 9. Too many of us know only too well that rain continued well after May 9th!

According to the Vermont State Climate Office, there were several episodes of heavy rain throughout the month of May: the 4-6th, the 14-16th, the 19-21st, and a huge downpour event 26-28th. The end of May also saw severe thunderstorms, some producing damaging winds and hail. May rainfall amounts measured at the Burlington International Airport added up to 8.67″, exceeding the previous May precipitation record of 7.11″ set back in 2006.

As FEMA regroups, gets a new calendar and reviews weather data and property damage occurring after May 9th, Vermonters need to make sure they register with FEMA. Initially we were encouraged to call 2-1-1, Vermont’s health and human services help line, to report any property damages caused by the flooding. But reporting the damage is not enough, you also must register with FEMA. Here’s how:

  • Register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov
  • Call FEMA’s toll free registration number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) from 7 AM to 10 PM (EDT). It will take about 15 minutes to complete the process.

Before you call or open up your browser, get your data together. You’ll need:

  • your Social Security number
  • your phone number
  • your mailing address and the address at the damaged property
  • A Brief description of the damage
  • Your Insurance information
  • Direct deposit information (to help speed delivery of funds)

This last line is encouraging…

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