Mainers Encouraged to Document and Report Wind Storm 2017 Damage
November 3, 2017
AUGUSTA, MAINE — As the state-wide response and recovery effort continues in Maine following a devastating 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 them 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.
- Farmers who experience losses and need assistance should contact USDA Farm Service Agency at 207-990-9140.
- Businesses should report losses to their local Economic Development Corporation.
For additional preparedness, shelter, resource and safety information, please visit MainePrepares.com, or visit MEMA on Facebook or Twitter.