Disaster assistance news from FEMA
If you sustained losses or damage from Hurricane Sandy, you may be eligible for disaster aid.
You can call to apply: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
The TTY number is 1-800-462-7585
For 711 or Video Relay Service, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
Or apply on your smartphone at: m.fema.gov
When you apply for disaster assistance please have the following available:
Social Security Number (including your spouse’s)
Private insurance information, if available
Address and zip code of the damaged property
Directions to the damaged home or property
Daytime telephone number
A telephone number where we can reach you or leave a message
An address where you can get mail
If you want your disaster assistance funds sent directly to your bank, provide the FEMA agent with your bank account type (savings/checking), account number and routing number
Federal Assistance as of April 30, 2013
• Registrations for Individual Assistance…………………………………................271,679
• Approved Individual Assistance.............................................................................$ 966 Million
• SBA disaster loans approved……………………………………………..…….…$ 1.44 Billion
Anyone who has not registered with FEMA for disaster assistance, has questions about his or her application or needs more information about recovery programs should call FEMA’s toll-free Help Line 800-621-3362. Those who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY can call 800-462-7585 directly; individuals who use 7-1-1 or Video Relay Service (VRS) can call 800-621-3362.
Registration can also be accomplished anytime at www.disasterassistance.gov or with a smartphone at m.fema.gov. Multilingual operators are available. For information on programs in languages other than English, visit www.fema.gov/all-languages.
After 6 months, N.Y. communities make progress in recovery from Sandy
In the six months since Hurricane Sandy made landfall on Oct. 29, 2012, significant progress has been made in New York’s recovery.
Nearly all of the debris is gone. Many survivors have returned to their homes and repaired or replaced damaged or destroyed personal property. Businesses are reopening.
Many public schools, libraries, community centers and other institutions have reopened, including New York University Langone Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital and Coney Island Hospital.
In February, the Federal Emergency Management Agency released advisory flood-risk data to help homeowners, business owners and public facilities plan for future flood events. Bellevue Hospital is among the facilities that are already using the Advisory Base Flood Elevation data to protect themselves from future flooding.
“New York has made tremendous progress in the six months since Sandy,” said Michael F. Byrne, FEMA’s federal coordinating officer for Hurricane Sandy operations. “But the work is not done. We are working with our state and local partners to apply mitigation measures to ensure that New York is better able to withstand future storms.”
Mangano awards $1 million in Federal community improvements funds to Town of Oyster Bay
Funds Downtown Revitalization, Affordable Housing Rehabilitation and Programs for Seniors, Veterans and Youth
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano has announced the Town of Oyster Bay will receive more than $1 million in Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for streetscape projects throughout the town, senior and youth programs, services for veterans and counseling assistance.
The Nassau County Office of Community Development will receive a direct allocation of CDBG funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Approximately 80% of the County’s funds are distributed to participating local municipalities for revitalization projects, infrastructure improvements, public service initiatives, parks and playground enhancements, code enforcement and providing access to the disabled.
Grant funds may be used to rehabilitate eligible homes and anti-poverty housing initiatives. Communities, which are encouraged to develop their own programs, must prioritize activities benefitting low/moderate income persons and the elimination or prevention of slums and urban blight. For more information visit “Mangano Awards $1 Million in Federal Community Improvement Funds”
New York Joint Field Office popular with international visitors
FEMA’s Joint Field Office in Queens, N.Y., isn’t a showplace that would seem to attract visitors, but it does. “We’re getting many international requests,” said Jessica Steinbeck, FEMA’s international visitor coordinator. Recent visits include those by the Arab League, Japanese and French delegations.
The reason for so many requests, she explains, is that Hurricane Sandy is a large-scale disaster that features all areas of FEMA operations from response to long-term recovery. Sandy was also a complex, multi-layered response with an extraordinary impact on a major urban environment, which led to a unique set of challenges in adapting FEMA’s standard programs, operations, and procedures.
“This is a unique event and it’s valuable for foreign visitors because there is so much FEMA information for them that they can get very quickly,” she explained. “For instance, the Japanese are interested in disability access, recovery, mitigation and social media. The French are interested in private sector collaboration.”
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