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September 29, 2011
News Release
ALBANY, NY – Valuable photographs and family heirlooms that have been damaged by flood waters can sometimes be saved if certain procedures are followed, say emergency managers and restoration experts. Photographs may be the only record of special occasions such as weddings, birthdays and graduations. Damaged photographs, for which there are no negatives, should receive attention first. It may not be possible to save photographs that have stuck together or become moldy.
September 29, 2011
News Release
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has initiated a program, in coordination with State and local governments, to provide Temporary Housing Units (THUs) to New York communities hard hit by Hurricane Irene. “Temporary housing units are for people who need a place to stay, with utilities, while they repair their damaged homes,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Philip E. Parr. “Our goal is to help people repair their homes as quickly as possible. The temporary housing units meet short-term housing needs, while flood survivors make repairs.”
September 28, 2011
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ALBANY, N.Y. – State and federal Disaster Recovery Centers in five New York counties will close soon, according to officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Facilities in Essex, Nassau, Rensselaer, Suffolk and Ulster counties will end operations at the close of business on Saturday, October 1. DRCs will close at the following locations: Essex CountyMoriah Fire Station, 630 Tarbell Hill Road, Moriah, NY 12960
September 28, 2011
News Release
ALBANY, N.Y. – A state and federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open on Friday, September 30, to assist individuals, households and businesses affected by Tropical Storm Lee and the subsequent flooding, according to state and federal officials. It is located at: Herkimer CountyWalmart, 103 North Caroline Street, Herkimer, NY 13350 It will operate Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
September 27, 2011
News Release
ALBANY, N.Y. – New York state residents facing legal issues arising out of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee can get free legal help through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Disaster Legal Services program, FEMA officials announced today.
September 27, 2011
News Release
ALBANY, N. Y. – Some New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee may receive a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) saying their disaster assistance application has been denied. “A denial letter does not necessarily mean that an applicant is not eligible for assistance,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Philip E. Parr. “It may mean that FEMA does not have all the information needed to make a decision regarding the applicant’s disaster aid.”
September 27, 2011
News Release
ALBANY, N.Y. – Federal and state emergency management officials announced today that three more Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers (MDRCs) will open for three days, beginning on Wednesday, to assist individuals, households and businesses affected by Hurricane Irene. Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers in Greene, Orange and Washington counties will be open from Wednesday, September 28, through Friday, September 30, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. After Friday the mobile DRCs will be deployed to other locations, but will return to each county at a date yet to be determined.
September 25, 2011
News Release
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Property owners and renters who suffered damage from storms and floods caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee may still be eligible for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) even if they have insurance policies. "FEMA may be able to help you if you are underinsured or if your insurance policy does not cover some of your disaster-related expenses or losses" said Federal Coordinating Officer Philip E. Parr. "So take the first step and apply with FEMA."
September 25, 2011
News Release
ALBANY, N.Y. – September is an exciting time for children getting into the swing of a new school year. September is also National Preparedness Month, a great opportunity for parents to involve kids in creating a family disaster plan in case of emergency. By engaging children in preparing a family disaster plan, parents can establish in their kids a sense of control and confidence. Kids can be directly involved in putting together a family emergency preparedness kit and in making plans for the care of family pets in case of disaster.
September 25, 2011
News Release
ALBANY, N.Y.  – New Yorkers who receive disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee will not pay additional taxes, lose their Social Security benefits or other government benefit programs. Disaster assistance for temporary housing, home repair, to repair or replace personal property, or for other serious needs does not count as income and will not be taxed.

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