Workshops start Saturday to help residents rebuild

Homeowners seeking to repair and rebuild after Storm Sandy may need to meet new federal requirements designed to make structures safer in case of future floods.

To learn more about getting permits for Storm Sandy repairs, including requirements that substantially damaged structures be elevated or rebuilt to new flood standards, the city will be hosting two Storm Sandy Rebuilding Workshops.

Staff will also be available to provide information about grants and loans that may be available to help pay for home elevations.

The workshops are Saturday, November 17,  from noon  to 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the City Hall auditorium.

Residents impacted by the storm are also encouraged to contact the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as they may be eligible to receive low interest loans to recover from physical damage and economic injury to their homes and/or businesses as a result of Storm Sandy. The telephone number for SBA is 800-659-2955.

Residents also may seek information online at Representatives from SBA will be available at Parson's Government Center located at 70 West River Street from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center remains open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the gymnasium of Parson's Government Center.

Residents must register with FEMA to be considered to receive disaster assistance. Register by calling 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) or online at, or register in person at the Disaster Recovery Center.

By registering with FEMA, homeowners and renters of all income levels who suffered losses as a result of Storm Sandy may be eligible to receive assistance such as grants for temporary housing or essential repairs to make their homes safe and secure. Registering for FEMA may also unlock low interest loans, disaster unemployment assistance and other state or federal aid.