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President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Massachusetts Disaster Declaration

May 15, 2024

Today, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and ordered Federal assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding from September 11 to September 13, 2023.

The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Bristol and Worcester.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for the entire commonwealth.

Robert V. Fogel of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been appointed to coordinate Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the commonwealth and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated areas can begin applying for assistance at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), or by using the FEMA App. Anyone using a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, can give FEMA the number for that service.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION MEDIA SHOULD CONTACT THE FEMA NEWS DESK AT (202) 646-3272 OR FEMA-NEWS-DESK@FEMA.DHS.GOV.

Joseph R. Biden, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Massachusetts Disaster Declaration Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/372039

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