FEMA registration deadline for disaster assistance October 31

first_imgWashington CountyWaterbury Fire Department 43 South Main StreetWaterbury, VT 05676Windsor CountyOkemo Market Place(Between Cool Moose & Dark Side Snowboard Shop)57 Pond Street, Suite #4Ludlow, VT 05149Rutland CountyRutland Heart Center1 Commons StreetRutland, VT  05701The DRC hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For the DRC nearest to your location: (LINK)  *Beginning Friday, Oct 7th, the hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed Sundays; Closed Monday, October 10th for Columbus Day.MOBILE DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER TRAVELING THROUGH  ADDISON AND WINDSOR COUNTIES: The mobile vehicle will provide the phone and computer connectivity for a recovery center.  These centers are staffed with disaster recovery specialists from various federal, state and local agencies and organizations who can answer questions about disaster assistance programs.Addison CountyHancock Town Hall1097 Rt. 100, Hancock 05748Opening noon ‘ 6 p.m., Mon, Oct. 38 a.m. ‘ 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 48 a.m. ‘ 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5Windsor CountySouth Royalton Journey Church412 S. Windsor St., S Royalton 05068Opening noon ‘ 6 p.m., Thurs, Oct. 68 a.m. ‘ 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 78 a.m. ‘ 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8 The FEMA registration deadline for disaster assistance for individuals and families, called Individual Assistance, is October 31, 2011. This may include housing repair grants or temporary rental assistance as well as reimbursement for personal property losses.  The designated counties eligible for Individual Assistance are: Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Orange, Rutland, Washington, Windham, Lamoille, Franklin, Orleans and Windsor.Register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov(link is external), by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov, or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.  The only way to be eligible for FEMA assistance is to register with FEMA.Cities and towns must submit Requests for Public Assistance (RPA), which provide reimbursement to repair public infrastructure such as roads and bridges, by October 17, 2011.  The RPA form may be found at http://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=2690(link is external) and be submitted to Alec Partalupi at 802-828-3889 or email alec.partalupi@state.vermont.us(link sends e-mail). All counties in Vermont are eligible for Public Assistance.RECOVERY UPDATE AS OF: CLOSE OF BUSINESS OCTOBER 2, 2011Total Individual Assistance (IA)    Total Registrations:                                                          5,999Total Individual & Households Program  Dollars Approved:                                             $16,399,865Total Small Business Association (SBA)   Loan Amounts Approved:                                $5,936,700Current Deadline for SBA Disaster Economic Injury Loan:                                                June 1, 2012DISASTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OVERVIEW·         Disaster Unemployment :  Available to those whose jobs were permanently or temporarily lost due to the disaster, including those who are self-employed. Anyone who lost work and lived, worked, or was scheduled to work in a county that has received a federal disaster designation may apply for benefits by calling the Vermont Department of Labor’s Claim Assistance Line at 1-877-214-3330. The filing deadline for assistance is October 7, 2011.·         Legal Services:  Those facing legal issues due to Tropical Storm Irene may call (800) 889-2047 for free legal advice. Those who qualify for assistance will be matched with Vermont lawyers volunteering their time. Legal assistance may include help with insurance claims, home repair contracts and contractors, replacement of wills and other legal documents destroyed in the disaster and counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems and landlord/tenant problems.·         Insurance Information: For questions regarding insurance matters, contact the Consumer Services Division at the Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration at 800-964-1784 in state or 802-828-3302.·         Making Recovery Affordable:  The U.S. Small Business Administration’s low-interest loan program was designed by Congress to enable those affected by unforeseen catastrophic events to recover with as little adverse impact as possible, whether they are renters, homeowners, businesses or non-profit organizations. Congress has given SBA powerful tools to make disaster loans affordable with low interest rates, repayment terms as long as 30 years, and, under very specific circumstances, refinancing of prior liens.  To ensure that disaster recovery is affordable for each borrower, SBA analyzes the borrower’s monthly budget, determines an affordable monthly payment, then writes the loan for the number of years needed.  This is unlike conventional lenders, which generally set the maturity first and then calculate the payment.  If you are referred to SBA after you register with FEMA, you should fill out the paperwork to see whether the SBA can offer you a loan. If you do not fill out an SBA packet it may close the door to other FEMA grants. For more information, call 800-659-2955 or (800-877-8339) for people with speech or hearing disabilities). Applications can also be downloaded from www.sba.gov(link is external) or completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/(link is external).·         Economic Injury Disaster Loans: The SBA offers these loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small  businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private non-profit organizations. Economic Injury Disaster Loans are intended to help meet working capital needs if you’ve lost business income because of the disaster. The loans are available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.·         Renters and Homeowners:  may receive grants to replace lost property or if they were displaced from their homes, they may be eligible for funds to help them with temporary rental assistance. These funds are for a limited period until the renter’s previous home is habitable or another permanent rental is found. ·         Housing Hotline:  The state and FEMA have established a toll-free number and a fax number to receive calls from anyone who has housing available to rent or wishes to offer housing at no cost for Vermonters displaced by the flood. The toll-free # is 866-330-5286 and fax # is 540-686-4467.·         Flooded Basements: Homeowners who had basement flooding from Tropical Storm Irene are encouraged to register with FEMA because they may be eligible for grants to cover uninsured damage. In situations where families do not use their basements as an essential living space, the agency’s ability to assist may be limited. However, residents may be eligible for a low-interest disaster loan from SBA to cover what FEMA cannot. (Read More)·         National Flood Insurance Program: State and federal officials are encouraging Vermont residents to sign up for federally-backed flood insurance.  The National Flood Insurance Program offers federally-backed flood insurance to property owners and renters in communities that participate in the program.Ã   Vermont communities that have been ‘sanctioned,’ that is, they have not followed the guidelines of NFIP or have been identified as having a floodplain hazard but have not signed up, have until March 31, 2012 to file a ‘resolution of intent’ to join. Until the resolution is submitted, residents in these sanctioned communities may not be eligible for some FEMA assistance. Communities wishing to sign up can contact the Rivers Program at the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation at: 802-241-1554 (Read More)LOCAL DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERSApplicants are not required to visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). The DRC is staffed by FEMA, SBA, and other federal and nonprofit agencies. Locations of current Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are:                                        *Notates DRC closingsWindham CountyNelson Withington Skating Rink61 Memorial Park DriveBrattleboro, VT 05301*Closing Oct 4, Tues @ 6pmWindsor CountyThe Rock Church473 Woodstock RoadWoodstock, VT  05091*Closing Oct 4, Tues @ 6pmRutland CountyU.S. Post Office (Upstairs)2046 Route 4Killington, VT 05751*Closing Oct 5, Wed @ 6pmWashington CountyNorthfield Library (Community Room)83 South Main StreetNorthfield, VT  05663*Closing Oct 5, Wed @ 6pmWindsor CountyHartford Fire Department2nd Floor Training Room812 VA Cutoff RoadWhite River Junction, VT 05001*Closing Oct 6, Thurs @ 6pmBennington CountyBennington Fire Department130 River StreetBennington, VT  05201*Closing Oct 6, Thurs @ 6pmWindham CountyDover Town Hall120 Taft Brook RoadDover, VT 05341Caledonia CountyMunicipal Office Building119 Park AvenueLyndonville, VT 05851 Go to 511VT.com every morning and map out road conditions for the trip you will be taking.PRIVATE SECTOR TIP OF THE WEEKThe American Red Cross Ready Rating System helps you analyze your business’ disaster preparednesswww.readyrating.org/Businesses.aspx(link is external)             This E-News Update is created by FEMA’s Private Sector Division.  It includes information on Federal and State resources available to help Vermont business owners and employees recover from the floods caused by Tropical Storm Irene.  We welcome your comments, questions, helpful feedback, heroic stories and suggested topics. Please send emails to Kysa.George@dhs.gov(link sends e-mail) or Leslie.Moore@dhs.gov(link sends e-mail). You can also call the Private Sector Desk: 802-951-2849. See the last section for subscribe/un-subscribe instructions.last_img read more

Gov. Bush proposes 2.5% cut in court system funding

first_imgGov. Bush proposes 2.5% cut in court system funding February 15, 2001 Regular News Gov. Bush proposes 2.5% cut in court system funding Mark D. Killian Managing Editor Saying taxpayer resources devoted to administration should be kept at the minimum, Gov. Jeb Bush has proposed a $6.5 million reduction in state court system funding. In his recently released 2001-2002 fiscal plan, Gov. Bush said the 2.5 percent cut in judicial branch spending will “ensure that resources in that branch of government are devoted to the core mission of Article V of the Florida Constitution, not to excessive administrative costs.” The budget also calls for no new judges. The Bush budget said court system spending has increased by more than 87 percent in the last 10 years, growing from $160.5 million in 1991-92 to $301 million in this year. “The 10-year increase in the state courts’ budget is 14.8 percent greater than the growth in the entire state budget during this same time,” the budget plan says. “The across the board cut recommended by the Governor’s Office would be difficult for the courts to sustain,” said Lisa Goodner, deputy state courts administrator. ” We are aware of the budget issues the legislature is faced with this session, however, and we are closely examining our budgets to identify areas where reductions might be possible.” The executive budget said recommended cuts in the state courts’ budget will not require the elimination of any judicial officers, and can be realized through reductions in other areas of expenditures. State Court System Overall, last year the court system got $301 million, which funded 2,906 positions. This year the court asked for 5,047 positions and $459.6 million. The Bush budget provides 2,902 positions and $286 million. Much of the difference is in response to the 1998 constitutional amendment that mandated the state take over most of the court system funding. Since its original budget request, the court has lowered the number of positions it originally contemplated it would absorb next year. Bush’s recommendation includes $10.3 million for salary increase costs within the judicial branch. division, the Supreme Court has requested an increase from 229 positions and $19.6 million to 266 positions and $25.9 million. The governor recommends 225 positions and $19.9 million. The five district courts of appeal asked for 442 positions and $50.3 million. This year the DCAs operated with 435 positions and $50.5 million. The governor has recommended 435 positions and $35.1 million. The decrease between what was spent on the DCAs last year and what the Governor is requesting this year is due in large part to a decrease in funding for fixed capital outlay projects which are now complete. The trial courts asked for 4,232 positions and $341.4 million, up from 2,238 positions and $200.1 million. Bush has requested 2,238 positions and $204 million. State Attorneys In support of the major crime initiatives Gov. Bush has signed into law including the 10-20-Life and the Three-Strikes laws the executive budget also recommends $299.9 million and 5,528 positions for the 20 elected state attorneys. The state attorneys have requested 5,946 positions and $338 million. That’s up from 5,521 positions and $288.3 million this year. The budget includes an increase of $7.5 million in statewide funding to increase assistant state attorneys’ salaries “to be competitive with other state employed attorneys.” This funding, the budget said, will provide for minimum salaries of $34,200 for assistant state attorneys with less than two years’ experience and $45,176 for assistants with more than two years’ experience. The funding also provides for proportionate salary increases for assistant state attorneys who already earn more than the proposed new minimums. “It is anticipated that these salary increases will reduce the [assistant state attorney] turnover rate from an average of 16 percent to an average of 10 percent,” the governor’s budget said. “retaining more experienced attorneys, it is also anticipated that there will be an increase in the number of enhanced sentences received by those individuals convicted of the most violent and serious crimes.” Public Defenders The executive budget recommends $136.4 million and 2,450 employees for the 20 elected public defenders, a $6 million increase but the same number of employees as this year. The public defenders asked for 3,153 positions and $211.1 million. The budget includes $4.5 million in statewide funding to increase assistant public defenders’ salaries to be competitive with other state employed attorneys. This funding will provide for minimum salaries of $34,200 for assistant PDs with less than two years’ experience and $45,176 for assistant PDs with over two years’ experience. “It is anticipated that these salary increases will reduce the [assistant] PD turnover rate by over 30 percent,” said the governor’s budget summary. The executive budget also provides $12.7 million and 181 positions for public defenders in each of the five appellate districts. That’s up from $12 million this year, with no increase in positions. The public defenders appellate division asked for $15.3 million and 222 positions. The budget includes $608,884 in statewide funding to increase appellate public defenders’ salaries to be competitive with other state-employed attorneys, and similar to assistant state attorneys and other public defenders. It is anticipated that these salary increases also will reduce the turnover rate by over 30 percent, according to the governor. The executive budget provides $7.7 million and 98 positions to continue the post-conviction representation of capital cases, provided by the three Capital Collateral Regional Counsels. The proposal is down from $8.9 million the CCRCs are operating with this year. The governor, however, said his recommendation provides a continuation of the current year level of service without any reductions. “The total budget comparison between the current year and the recommended budget is smaller because of the funds provided for one-time costs associated with two court decisions,” according to the budget summary. The CCRCs asked for $11.9 million and 133 positions. The executive budget provides $751,308 for the Judicial Qualifications Commission, down from $770,138 this year. The JQC asked for $1.1 million.last_img read more