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FEMA issues major disaster declaration to Connecticut

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont’s request for a major disaster declaration, unlocking additional federal assistance programs for the state.

FEMA Connecticut disaster declarationToday’s approval is for public assistance, meaning that impacted state agencies and municipalities in all eight counties will be reimbursed for 75% of the costs associated with their response and emergency protective measures.

The governor’s other request for disaster assistance, including individual assistance that could provide Connecticut residents with a number of critical benefits – such as expanded unemployment assistance, food benefits, and child care assistance – is still under review by the White House.

“I am grateful that the federal government is recognizing the severity of this pandemic in Connecticut and the impact it is having on the health and safety of the people of our state,” the governor said this morning. “It is an important step in providing critical aid in our communities.

“I remain hopeful that our request for assistance for individuals will also be approved,” he continued, “because this pandemic has had a significant impact on the livelihoods of so many people in Connecticut. Thousands of workers and families are badly hurting. Unlocking this assistance would mean expanded unemployment benefits for those who are out of work because of the emergency, needed food benefits, child care assistance, and a host of other critically important aid.

“This funding is imperative to protecting the health and safety of the people of our state and further limiting the spread of this disease,” Lamont concluded, noting the important role that the state’s Congressional delegation played in advocating for the declaration. “We will continue doing everything in our power to minimize both the health threat and the economic threat of this virus.”

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