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Disaster Assistance Available for Somerset County

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CRISFIELD, Md.- Somerset County residents are thankful now that individual assistance from FEMA is available. The decision, announced on Friday, can provide up to $30,600 per household to help in the recovery following Hurricane Sandy. According to officials, the most important first step Somerset County residents must take in order to receive assistance is to register with FEMA.

Those with Internet access can apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Somerset County residents may also register by calling FEMA at 1-800-621-3362. FEMA plans to have community relations specialists going door-to-door in the county assisting people with the application. For those who are not home when FEMA arrives, a yellow flyer will be left at the door with instructions on how to begin the application process.

People who live in Crisfield, one of the areas hardest hit by Sandy, are thrilled by the news. Hazel Cropper of Crisfield said she had two feet of water come into her home during the storm. Cropper said she prayed for the residents of Somerset County when FEMA aid was originally denied about two weeks ago. Now, her prayers have been answered.

"I thank God for it because I think the whole community needed some help from FEMA," Cropper said. "So that is all I can say. I just thank God."

Joe Snively and his group of volunteers, called "Carpenter's Hands," have been in Crisfield the past few weekends assisting in the rebuilding process. They have seen first-hand how bad the damage is, and how upset people originally were when aid was denied. Now, they couldn't be happier for the community.

"Oh my gosh, it's awesome," Snively exclaimed. "We had dinner with some of the folks in town the other night and it was a relief.  They announced it at dinner that FEMA was going to help them and there was a standing applause."

FEMA officials said a Disaster Recovery Center will be opened in Crisfield in the coming days where people can go to have their questions answered. However, everyone's first step should be registering for help.

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