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November 3, 2017

Mainers Encouraged to Document and Report Wind Storm 2017 Damage

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Vicky @ 3:59 pm

11/03/2017 01:21 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, MAINE – As the state-wide response and recovery effort continues in Maine following a devastating wind storm that caused power outages to nearly a half million electricity customers as well as tree damage, flooding and property damage, many are asking how to report those damages.

Individuals – Report damages to 2-1-1 Maine. This information will be used to assess damages and will be provided to the individual’s town to enable them to learn who has storm-related damages. Callers will be asked a series of questions. By reporting this damage, callers are not applying for assistance, and should continue to pursue the steps and resources below. – Callers should keep their documentation of the damage and cost of items damaged or spoiled as well as receipts for any repairs in a safe place (receipts, photos and other documents). – File a claim with homeowner’s or auto insurance. – Those who cannot afford to fix damage from the storm should contact their municipal General Assistance Officer for assistance that may be available under 22 M.R.S.A. § 430. – Check with local food pantries if you lost food. – Community Action Programs may be able to provide some assistance to those who meet certain income guidelines. – Current SNAP benefit recipients may be able to obtain a voucher to replace lost food. Contact the Office of Family Independence at 855-797-4357. – Individuals can also contact 2-1-1 Maine for referrals for assistance.

Farmers who experience losses and need assistance should contact USDA Farm Service Agency at 207-990-9140.

Businesses should report losses to their local Economic Development Corporation.

For additional preparedness, shelter, resource and safety information, please visit MainePrepares.com, or visit MEMA on Facebook or Twitter.

This information provided by Maine.gov the official website for the State of Maine • 45 Commerce Drive, Suite 10 • Augusta, ME 04330 • 1-877-212-6500

 

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