Residents of the four Connecticut counties declared federal disaster areas Tuesday must register with federal authorities either online or by telephone to receive aid, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Wednesday.

“This declaration will bring much-needed financial assistance to residents who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy,” Malloy said.  “But it is critical to note that you must register with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) to begin the process of accessing possible federal assistance.  We will continue to work to get the rest of the counties in the state declared.”

The declaration will trigger federal funding for temporary housing payments, grants to repair homes, extended unemployment benefits and low-interest loans to businesses and farms.

Residents and businesses in New London, Middlesex, New Haven and Fairfield counties, as well as the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribal nations, may register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The text telephone line for those with speech or hearing disabilities is 1-800-462-7585. The line is open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days per week.

Affected parties in the four shoreline counties and two tribal nations also may complete applications for disaster aid online at www.disasterassistance.gov.

The Malloy administration is continuing to work with FEMA officials in hopes of opening federal relief to residents and businesses of Connecticut’s four other counties: Windham Tolland, Hartford and Litchfield.

The governor’s office also reminded residents and businesses in the non-declared counties Wednesday that they can report damage to the state by Internet or telephone. Reports can be filed by calling the state’s Infoline at 2-1-1, or on the web at www.211ct.org.

These reports will be used by state officials, who will be conducting damage assessments with FEMA officials throughout the entire state in the next few days, according to the governor’s office.

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Keith M. PhaneufState Budget Reporter

Keith has spent most of his 31 years as a reporter specializing in state government finances, analyzing such topics as income tax equity, waste in government and the complex funding systems behind Connecticut’s transportation and social services networks. He has been the state finances reporter at CT Mirror since it launched in 2010. Prior to joining CT Mirror Keith was State Capitol bureau chief for The Journal Inquirer of Manchester, a reporter for the Day of New London, and a former contributing writer to The New York Times. Keith is a graduate of and a former journalism instructor at the University of Connecticut.

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