Storm and Flood Recovery Process

Recent info from Cynthia Oldfield of Brad Jones’ office:

Good Evening,

Our office has been in touch with Janet Nicosia regarding information for your neighborhood.  I’ve provided some information/answers below that may prove helpful to the group:

The disaster recovery centers don’t get put together until after the President declares a federal disaster (that is all if he declares one).  The FEMA/MEMA teams are currently out looking at the damage throughout the state.  If someone has damage they need to contact their town’s Emergency Management Director (EMD) which in North Reading’s case is as follows:

Theophilos Kuliopulos
Emergency Management Director
Town of North Reading
19 Williams Road
North Reading, MA 01864
Tel:   978-664-4536
email:  emd@northreadingma.gov

People can also call 211 (http://www.mass211.org/)  for more information and continue to check MEMA’s website (www.mass.gov/mema) for updates.

I can’t stress enough the need to take pictures and keep receipts if people decide to replace items that were ruined in the current flooding. This will be important if a disaster is declared people will need these items to bring to the DCA’s and file claims with FEMA.  Additionally, it is  important to stress that the damage can’t be from other storms, it must be from this current storm, March 12-16th.  This is no quick matter either; a decision may not be made for several weeks or a month so if people need to get things cleaned up, they need to get cleaned up after documenting everything and notifying the EMDs.  The EMD is keeping a list of damaged homes, business, properties etc. and if they aren’t aware of your flooding you aren’t on their list, or FEMA or MEMA.

I hope that helps answer some of your questions and I will continue to provide information as soon as I get updates from MEMA.

Cynthia E. Oldfield
Office of the House Minority Leader
Representative Bradley H. Jones, Jr.
617-722-2100

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