A Special Message for Residents of Newport and Washington Counties

Dear Rhode Islander,

2012-10-30-Hurricane-Sandy-FEMAIn the days following Hurricane Sandy, I traveled across our state to survey the damage and listen to Rhode Islanders who were dealing with the devastating aftermath of the storm. The effects of the storm were heartbreaking.

And your stories – whether it’s been your struggle to rebuild your home, business, or recover from property damage – have been at the forefront of my efforts to help Rhode Island rebuild.

In addition to working on bipartisan Hurricane Sandy recovery legislation, I worked with our congressional delegation to make sure President Obama moved quickly to issue a disaster declaration that would provide FEMA Public Assistance to affected counties.

Today, I’m writing you with an important update about the extended deadline for FEMA assistance.

The last day for Newport and Washington county residents, whose homes have been damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, to apply for FEMA Individual Assistance grants is February 13th.

You may be eligible for a FEMA Individual Assistance grant if your home or your personal possessions were damaged or destroyed as a result of the storm.

Even if you have renters, homeowners, or flood insurance, you should register with FEMA before February 13th.  If down the road, you find that your insurance does not cover all of your losses you will only be eligible for FEMA assistance if you register by February 13th.

You can register with FEMA by the February 13th deadline in any of the following ways:

Newport and Washington county businesses, homeowners, renters, and non-profits that experienced physical damage to their structures as a result of Hurricane Sandy may also be eligible to apply for a Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan, but must do so by February 13th.

You can obtain an SBA Disaster Loan Application by the February 13th deadline in any of the following ways:

  • Online: www.sba.gov
  • By Phone: 800-659-2955 or 800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired
  • By Email: disastercustomerservice@sba.gov

And as always, my office is readily available to assist with any questions. Please feel free to call us at (401) 453-5294, and we will do our best to help.

Best regards,


U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
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