Washington, DC -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that the toll-free telephone numbers that New York City area residents and business owners who sustained losses from Tuesday's terrorist attack should use to register for assistance will be available for an additional two hours a day.
Residents and business owners should begin the application process by calling 1-800-462-9029, or 1-800-462-7585(TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will now operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
Following President Bush' s major disaster declaration, FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh announced yesterday that federal assistance will be available to supplement the recovery needs of stricken individuals, families and business owners in the counties of Bronx, Kings, New York (boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan), Queens and Richmond. The assistance can include funds to help meet temporary housing needs, grants for medical, funeral and other serious disaster-related expenses, and low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration to cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance. Unemployment assistance and funding for crisis counseling services also will be available under the declaration.