FEMA representatives will be canvassing areas throughout Norwich, to meet with homeowners, renters, and anyone affected by the flooding.
On the night of September 2, 2021, Hurricane Ida impacted Norwich with wind and heavy rain. This storm caused severe flooding throughout various parts of Norwich and continues to impact many residences and businesses two months later. Norwich Emergency Management, Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Small Business Administration (SBA) recently conducted preliminary damage assessments of various affected properties throughout Norwich. The information and data were submitted with hopes of receiving federal disaster assistance. Recently, Governor Lamont requested a presidential major disaster declaration for New London and Fairfield counties. President Biden approved this request enabling Norwich to be eligible for Federal Disaster Assistance.
Beginning on Thursday, November 11, 2021, 10:00 a.m. FEMA is opening a Mobile Registration Intake Center (MRIC) at Three Rivers Community College, 574 New London Turnpike, Norwich. This center will later transition into an operational Disaster Recovery Center that will be open 6 days per week. The Disaster Recovery Center will be open Monday-Friday, 8 am to 6 pm at Three Rivers College, and Saturdays, 10 am-4 pm at Norwich Fire Headquarters, 10 North Thames Street. Residents affected by the flooding can go to the designated locations for assistance.
Also, beginning on Thursday, November 11, teams of FEMA representatives, called Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams (DSA), will be canvassing areas throughout Norwich, to meet with homeowners, renters, and anyone affected by the flooding. The Mission of these teams is to build and sustain an expeditionary team to establish a presence in disaster impacted areas (door to door). DSA primarily focuses on addressing the needs of disproportionately impacted populations and disaster survivors by:
• Collecting information that supports leadership and operational decision-making;
• Providing accessible, in-person case-specific information and referrals;
• Providing survivors with referrals to whole community partners, as needed; and
• Identifying disability-inclusive public information needs to facilitate the development and dissemination of strategic messaging.
DSA personnel usually work in teams of 2 (for safety and supporting purposes) to conduct outreach to survivors, Faith base organizations/community-based organizations, and local businesses in the disaster-affected areas (identified by local emergency management directors) to provide IA registration intakes, case update/inquiries, and referrals for unmet needs.
DSA teams will disseminate information during their visits and additional information or online registration is also available at DisasterAssitance.gov.
End of Press Release.
Director of Training and Safety
Deputy Emergency Management Director
Norwich Fire Department
10 North Thames Street
Norwich, CT 06360