As the statewide response and recovery effort continues in Maine following a devastating recent wind storm that caused power outages to nearly a half-million electricity customers as well as tree damage, flooding, and property damage, many are asking how to report those damages.
• Report damages to 2-1-1 Maine. This information will be used to assess damages and will be provided to the individual’s town to enable it to learn who has storm-related damages. Callers will be asked a series of questions. By reporting this damage, callers are not applying for assistance and should continue to pursue the steps and resources below.
• Callers should keep their documentation of the damage and cost of items damaged or spoiled as well as receipts for any repairs in a safe place (receipts, photos and other documents).
• File a claim with homeowner’s or auto insurance.
• Those who cannot afford to fix damage from the storm should contact their municipal General Assistance Officer for assistance that may be available under 22 M.R.S.A. § 430.
• Check with local food pantries if you lost food.
• Community Action Programs may be able to provide some assistance to those who meet certain income guidelines.
• Current SNAP benefit recipients may be able to obtain a voucher to replace lost food. Contact the Office of Family Independence at 855-797-4357.
• Individuals can also contact 2-1-1 Maine for referrals for assistance.
• Contact USDA Farm Service Agency at 990-9140.
• Contact your local Economic Development Corp.
For additional preparedness, shelter, resource, and safety information, go to maineprepares.com, or visit MEMA on Facebook or Twitter.