New York, NY -- The New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) will open a hotline to help private not-for-profit organizations recoup expenses resulting from the WTC attack at noon tomorrow, Oct. 17.
Not-for-profit organizations can call 1-866-712-3491 to register for assistance. SEMO will then schedule a formal applicant briefing to explain eligibility requirements and the application process.
"As we continue rebuilding our communities, we must meet the needs of these vital organizations that suffered damages or provided emergency services," said Edward F. Jacoby, Jr., state coordinating officer. "And we must do it quickly."
Under the presidential disaster declaration private-not-for-profit organizations such as power plants, sewer and water treatment plants, emergency medical care, fire protection, communications facilities and emergency response organizations could be eligible for federal reimbursement. The assistance may go to repairing damages to their facilities.
The eligibility expands beyond the New York City's metropolitan area because emergency service providers such as fire companies, ambulance crews and emergency medical personnel from across the state responded to the WTC tragedy.
"We urge these agencies to call the hotline," said Ted Monette, federal coordinating officer. "Since they pitched in to help the city, they may be eligible for reimbursement."
The hotline hours of operation follow:
|Wednesday, Oct. 17||Noon to 8 p.m.|
|Thursday, Oct. 18 to Friday, Oct. 19||8 a.m. to 8 p.m.|
|Saturday, Oct. 20||8 a.m. to 12 p.m.|
|Monday, Oct. 22 to Saturday, Oct. 27||8 a.m. to 6 p.m.|