Residents must register with FEMA by phone or online to have access to federal funds for damages suffered during Hurricane Sandy.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Oct. 30, that federal assistance will be available to cities and towns, businesses, individuals and nonprofits in Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London counties.

"This declaration will bring much-needed financial assistance to residents who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy," Mr. Malloy said. "But it is critical to note that you must register with FEMA to begin the process of accessing possible federal assistance. We will continue to work to get the rest of the counties in the state declared."

To register by phone, residents may call 1-800-621-3362. The TTY line for people with speech or hearing disabilities is 1-800-462-7585. The line is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

To register online, applications may be completed at disasterassistance.gov.

If residents have disaster assistance questions, information is available at 1-800-621-3362.

Homeowners and businesses may also get assistance at FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) that have opened in Bridgeport and Greenwich.

The Bridgeport Disaster Recovery Center is at Housatonic Community College, 900 Lafayette Blvd. Its hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5.

The Greenwich Disaster Recovery Center is at the Western Greenwich Civic Center, Room 203, 449 Pemberwick Road. Its hours of operation are Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Disaster Recovery Centers will be staffed with state and federal disaster recovery specialists, including representatives from the Small Business Administration, who will provide information and answer questions about disaster assistance programs. The state is working with FEMA on opening additional Disaster Recovery Centers in other affected areas.