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Connecticut Businesses Can Now Seek Disaster Assistance for Damages From the Remnants of Hurricane Ida

  • President Joe Biden approves disaster declaration for parts of Connecticut
  • Businesses in Fairfield County and New London County that suffered uninsured or underinsured damages from the remnants of Hurricane Ida can apply for federal relief
  • A separate grant program will help local governments mitigate the potential impact of future natural disasters

Summary by Dirk Langeveld

Business owners in certain parts of Connecticut who suffered damages due to the remnants of Hurricane Ida in early September can apply for federal disaster aid after President Joe Biden approved a disaster declaration requested by Governor Ned Lamont.

Biden approved the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Individual Assistance Program for Fairfield County and New London County, including the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribal Nation. The disaster declaration also approves the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for the entire state.

“Approval of this declaration from President Biden will provide much-needed financial assistance to homeowners, renters, and business owners in the areas that were heavily impacted by the floods from this severe storm,” said Lamont. “I thank President Biden and FEMA for their ongoing work with our administration to protect Connecticut from damage caused by dangerous weather.”

  • Lamont sought the disaster declaration after hundreds of homes and businesses were flooded due to heavy rainfall
  • The Individual Assistance Program allows business owners, renters, and homeowners who received sustained uninsured or underinsured damage to their property can receive federal disaster assistance
  • Applications can be filed using the FEMA app, online at, or by calling 800-621-3362
  • The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program will help state agencies, local governments, and tribal nations with steps that can reduce or eliminate long-term risks from natural disasters
  • A request for Fairfield County and Middlesex County to qualify for the FEMA Public Assistance Grant Program is still pending until a preliminary FEMA damage assessment is completed

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