This is an update from the City of Stamford on the recovery from the damage from Hurricane Sandy:
Friday, November 2, 2012, Stamford @ 3:00 PM
State of Emergency remains in force.
Stamford public schools: Four schools still remain without power (down from 8). On Saturday there will be 10 buses which will drive the bus routes to assure they are passable and there are no remaining fallen wires. A decision will be made following the assessment of power in the schools and the safe passage along the bus routes. School administration will notify the press, send a message via the Parent Link and announce on Twitter.
The SAT tests will proceed as scheduled at Stamford and Westhill High Schools.
Students will need to bring a photo ID.
Westhill High School will be open until 8 PM today and from 9am-l PM Saturday and Sunday for all citizens to use the shower facilities (please bring towels and toiletries)
There will be potable water - residents need to bring water containers of any size for filing.
The YMCA of Stamford is offering shower accommodations for anyone in Stamford without power. Please bring a towel. Identification is required for anyone over 18 years of age.
Today until 9pm, Sat, 8am - Spm, Sun, 11am -4pm
Stamford High School: remains open for all those requiring shelter.
Ferguson Library.:...Those without power can charge cell phones and other electrical devices at the main branch. The Library will remain open today until 9 PM, 9-5 on Saturday and 12-6 PM on Sunday
• CL&P Report:
Outages - As of 2 PM:
11,000 or just under 20%
27 line crews working
59 tree crews split between Stanford and Darien.
• No Fuel Shortage in CT - The fuel tankers that would normally enter New York Harbor are now diverted into New Haven. The Gas Station Pump lines we are seeing are a result of fuel shortages in NYC and with power outages
• Absentee voting - the Town Clerk's office will remain open until 6 PM today for absentee voting
Metro North: The New Haven line is back in service. Everyone should check schedules however for any changes
• FEMA: A summary of how businesses and individuals can apply for FEMA reimbursement is located on the Website. A copy is also attached to this release.
Federal assistance is available to cities and towns, businesses, individuals, and non-profits in Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London Counties. Residents in those counties who suffered damage as a result of Hurricane Sandy must register with FEMA by phone or online to access that aid. Connecticut residents, business owners, and municipalities are eligible to apply to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for financial assistance to help recover from Hurricane Sandy.
Important: Keep careful records of your hurricane-related expenses. You must have proof of your expenditures in order to receive federal assistance.
FEMA can help you cover the costs of repairs if your damaged property is not covered, or under-covered, by insurance. Assistance is available to help cover the cost of temporary housing, home repair or replacement, permanent and semi-permanent housing construction, and other needs such as medical, dental, funeral , and transportation expenses.
To receive financial disaster assistance, you must apply directly to FEMA by phone, via mobile device, or online:
• By phone: Call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). For those with speech or hearing disabilities, the number is 1-800-462-7585. These lines are open every day from 7am to lOpm.
• To register online, applications may be completed at www.disasterassistance.gov.
• From your mobile device, visit fema.gov
If residents have disaster assistance questions, they may call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800- 621-3362.
You must apply directly to FEMA to receive assistance.
Small business owners are eligible for assistance under the Small Business Administration (SBA). If you own a small business, you can apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs), which are available for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations that were affected by Hurricane Irene. EIDLs can help you meet any financial obligations that cannot be met because of the storm. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure website here.
Public Assistance: Fairfield County has also been declared eligible for Public Assistance, which will help cover the costs our cities and towns face for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities.
We strongly urge anyone who is eligible to take advantage of federal financial hurricane assistance. If you have any questions regarding how the federal government can help you pay for your damages, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 866-453-0028 or by clicking here.
Remember, it is imperative that you keep careful records of all of your expenses to be eligible for assistance.