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December 4, 2012
News Release
NEW YORK – One of the dire consequences of any disaster for many people is the loss of important documents. Often, such documents are needed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and state emergency services in order to process assistance applications for those who suffered losses or damage to their homes and belongings. If papers are gone – like birth certificates, Social Security cards, drivers’ licenses, tax records, etc. – New York state and FEMA are advising residents on how to recover them:
December 4, 2012
News Release
NEW YORK – The State of New York and Federal Emergency Management Agency have new Disaster Recovery Centers in Nassau and Ulster counties to assist survivors of Hurricane Sandy. Their locations and hours are: Stehli BeachCorner of Bayville Road and Bayville AvenueBayville, NY 11709Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Saturday, Dec. 8 Hudson River Maritime Museum50 Rondout LandingKingston,NY 12401Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Friday, Dec. 7 
December 4, 2012
Updates
As FEMA’s first New York local hire following Hurricane Sandy, Ramona Faoye brings more than administrative skills to her job in Human Resources – she brings empathy.Although the hurricane spared Faoye’s Brooklyn home, the storm left many of her friends with severely flooded apartments and plenty of worry.“I am fortunate,” she said. “I have this job and working here makes me feel like I’m giving back to people who need help,” she said.
December 3, 2012
News Release
NEW YORK – Thirteen Disaster Recovery Centers have changed their hours as they continue to assist survivors of Hurricane Sandy in New York. Disaster Recovery Centers are one-stop shops for eligible storm survivors to get face-to-face assistance as quickly as possible. The State of New York and the Federal Emergency Management Agency closely monitor visitor traffic at all New York Disaster Recovery Centers. When traffic slows at a certain time, a center may change its hours accordingly. 
December 3, 2012
News Release
NEW YORK – Disaster assistance may cover damages that insurance doesn’t. That is why individuals affected by Hurricane Sandy are urged by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to apply for assistance even if they have insurance.
December 3, 2012
Updates
After you register for disaster assistance with FEMA, you may receive a letter in the mail with a Small Business Administration (SBA) return address. You need to open it and complete the forms inside even if you are not a business. It's a critical step in the recovery process; whether or not you want a low-interest loan, if you do not return your SBA application, you may miss out on other assistance from FEMA.Applicants may also apply online:
December 2, 2012
News Release
NEW YORK – Hurricane Sandy survivors who have already registered with FEMA are urged to keep in touch and keep their contact information current, especially if they have been displaced by the disaster. After survivors register for assistance, FEMA will reach out to them to set up housing inspections and mail determination letters, so updating your phone number and mailing address as needed is key to ensure that your recovery is not delayed. 
December 1, 2012
News Release
NEW YORK – Hurricane Sandy survivors have until Tuesday evening, Dec. 4, to visit four Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Nassau and Suffolk counties.   Cumulatively, the centers have provided one-on-one information and assistance to more than 4,370 storm survivors since they opened in early November.  Their locations and hours of operation are: Nassau County Nassau Community CollegeStudent Union Building1 Education DriveGarden City, NY 11530Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Tuesday, Dec. 4
December 1, 2012
News Release
NEW YORK — Don't let the word "business" in the name U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) fool you. If you are a homeowner or renter, the SBA is a primary source of federal funds for long-term recovery. The SBA's low-interest disaster loans of up to $200,000 can help qualified homeowners repair or replace damaged real estate. In addition, renters and homeowners may get up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged personal property. In both cases, these SBA loans are only for damages not covered by your insurance.
December 1, 2012
News Release
NEW YORK – People whose property was damaged or destroyed in Hurricane Sandy and are ready to start rebuilding can get advice from experts. Specialists who are knowledgeable in all facets of cleanup and building safer and smarter to avoid future losses will be dispensing guidance free of charge, compliments of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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