Orange and Ulster FEMA Assistance Program Applications Are Due Now - Daily Hudson Valley News

Orange and Ulster FEMA Assistance Program Applications Are Due Now

Oct 27th, 2011 | By | Category: Lead Article

ULSTER COUNT DEADLINE

FEMA INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR HURRICANE IRENE AND TROPICAL STORM IRENE IS COMING TO A CLOSE
Ulster County Executive Hein advises affected County residents to apply as soon as possible.

For those experiencing damages caused by Hurricane Irene, October 31, 2011 will be the last day to apply for FEMA aid under the Individual  Assistance program. Applicants may register by phone by calling 1-800-621-3362, over the internet at www.disasterassistance.gov, or in person at the Disaster Recovery Center located in the Business Resource Center in Kingston.

“The combined devastation brought by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee was catastrophic” said County Executive Hein.  “Hurricane Irene was the worst natural disaster in our County’s history and we are still recovering from its damage.  Fortunately, the residents of Ulster County can apply for assistance through FEMA, but time is running out.  I urge all of our impacted residents to inquire about available FEMA aid as soon as possible.”

Those experiencing damage from Tropic Storm Lee have until November 14 to apply.  Please note that the Disaster Recovery Center will be closing next Monday; October 31, 2011.  After that time, applicants must file electronically or over the phone.

To date over 3,200 Ulster County residents have applied for assistance under Hurricane Irene, yet only slightly more than 80 residents have applied under Tropical Storm Lee.  Residents are reminded that they must file separately for each disaster.

ORANGE COUNTY FEMA DEADLINE

ORANGE COUNTY RESIDENTS STILL SEEKING TO APPLY FOR FEMA INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE FROM HURRICANE IRENE HAVE UNTIL END OF OCTOBER
Oct. 28 deadline to apply in person, Oct. 31 to apply on-line or by phone

Orange County Department of Emergency Services, Division of Emergency Management advises residents that they have until Friday, October 28 to apply in person at the County’s Disaster Recovery Center, Orange County Fire Training Center at 9 Training Center Lane in New Hampton for Individual Assistance (IA) funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help recover from Hurricane Irene, and until Monday, October 31 to apply on-line or by phone.

Individual Assistance includes temporary housing, housing repair, low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA), disaster  unemployment assistance and grants.

FEMA will be processing applications from Hurricane Irene this last week at the County’s Fire Training Center, 9 Training Center Lane, New Hampton, NY 10953 just until Friday, October 28 with hours from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, and Friday, October 28  only from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm.

After October 28, residents have until October 31 to file an application with FEMA by phone or on-line by calling the FEMA Helpline 1-800-621-3362 toll-free from 7 am – 10 pm.  For those with speech or hearing disabilities, use the TTY number at 800-462-7585.  Applicants may also register at www.DisasterAssistance.gov online or with any web-enabled mobile device or Smartphone at m.fema.gov.  Follow the link to “apply online for federal assistance.”

Specialists from the Small Business Administration (SBA) will also be available at the Disaster Recovery Center to explain the low-interest loan packages available to individuals, non-profits, and businesses of any size.  These loans are for the repair or replacement of real estate and/or personal property damaged by the storm and related flooding.

For more information, please visit www.fema.gov.

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