Deadline to Apply for Hurricane Sandy FEMA Aid Is Jan. 28

The good news is, there is help out there, and it’s not too late to get it.

Hurricane Sandy ravaged our community and left countless families struggling to rebuild. While the rest of the country has returned to business as usual, the East End is still living in the aftermath of this powerful storm.

The deadline to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance for Hurricane Sandy victims is Jan. 28. FEMA disaster assistance is financial or direct assistance to individuals and families whose property has been damaged or destroyed as a result of Hurricane Sandy, and whose losses are not covered by insurance.[1]

FEMA assistance is available to anybody affected by Hurricane Sandy — homeowners and renters alike. You can apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov, via a smartphone at m.fema.gov, or by phone at 800-621-3362. Hearing- or speech-impaired residents may call TTY 800-462-7585. Or, for more information, visit www.fema.gov/apply-assistance.

Whether applying online from your computer or smartphone, or over the phone through a FEMA call center, you should have a pen and paper and the following information ready:

·         Your Social Security number;

·         Current and pre-disaster address;

·         A telephone number where you can be contacted;

·         Insurance information;

·         Total household annual income;

·         A routing and account number from your bank (only necessary if you want to have disaster assistance funds transferred directly into your bank account); and

·         A description of your losses that were caused by the disaster.[2]

In light of the increasing frequency of natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy that have left many communities across New York State devastated, I am supporting new legislation that would create the Homeowners Bill of Rights to ensure insurance companies inform homeowners of their insurance policy’s specific details (A.2287) and a second measure that would create a more timely and thorough response from insurance companies in cases of disaster (A.1092).

[1] www.fema.gov/what-disaster-assistance

[2] www.fema.gov/what-information-do-i-need-apply

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Preliator January 24, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Where do I apply for relief from your violation of my 2nd amendment rights?
Mary Beth January 24, 2013 at 09:12 PM
DrSique January 25, 2013 at 04:32 PM
BINGO!!! The freedom stealing, party hopping, hypocritical, traitorous hack is now attempting to buy your vote with federal tax dollars.
jim January 27, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Fred Thiele reminds me of schumer,they are alway's getting their names associated with everything,yet these two hacks never get to follow up on anything.They should be checking up on the local oil companies,namely Quoque Sinclaire for their shady business practices


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