Governor Lincoln Chafee announced today that the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency has submitted a revised request to President Barack Obama for declaration of a major disaster for the State of Rhode Island.
"Through the good work of FEMA teams on the ground in Rhode Island, we now have enough assessments complete to add Individual Assistance for Bristol County to our request for federal disaster declaration," Governor Chafee said. "This support will help Rhode Islanders who have suffered losses in the storm and help them return to normal. I continue to be grateful for the Obama Administration's support for Rhode Island and its residents."
Governor Chafee specifically requested Individual Assistance for Bristol County. On November 2, the Governor requested a declaration for Public Assistance for Bristol, Newport, and Washington Counties, which was subsequently granted on November 3 by the President. On November 14, the President approved the Governor's amended request for Individual Assistance for Newport and Washington Counties. Today's revised request is based on additional data collected during the assessment process.
Specifically, in this amendment, the Governor has requested Individual Assistance (including the Individuals and Households Program (IHP), Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Disaster Legal Service, and Crisis Counseling) and Small Business Administration disaster loans for Bristol County.