Governor Urges Mainers Impacted by December Storms to Apply for Federal Disaster Relief


Governor Janet T. Mills (D) Gives Her State of the State Address to the Maine Legislature Last Month in Augusta.

Governor Janet T. Mills (D) is urging Maine people and businesses impacted by the December 17 – 21, 2023 storm and flooding to apply for financial assistance and low-interest disaster loans to help them recover from the extreme weather event according to a press release issued by the Governor’s office this morning.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Service Assistance (DSA) Teams have arrived in Maine to help impacted individuals and families in Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, Oford and Somerset counties apply for Federal assistance that may help them pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other needs resulting from the storm.

Low-interest loans are also available from the US Small Business Administration (SBA) to help impacted businesses of all sizes – as well as eligible homeowners, renters and non-profit organizaations repair or replace property damage resulting from the storm.  Businesses may also be eligible for working capitol loans.

Soon the opening of several Disaster Recovery Centers where impacted people can learn about disaster assistance programs, apply for assistance, check the status of FEMA appplications, understand FEMA notices or letter, meet with SBA agents and get referrals to their agencies, among other services, will be announced.

Additionally FEMA DSA Teams are going door-to-door, canvassing neighborhoods in Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford and Somerset counties, helping impacted residents to register for FEMA disaster assistance.

“I urge eligible Maine people and businesses to take advantage of Federal assistance that can help them repair or replace property damaged by the severe December storm,” said Governor Janet Mills.  “We will continue to work closely with FEMA to help Maine people recover from the  recent storms as we also strive to make our communities more resilient to extreme weather and climate change in the future.”

Impacted Mainers can apply for FEMA Federal assistance by visiting: