ALBANY, N.Y. -- State and federal officials announced today that more than $1,263,000 has been distributed in disaster aid to New Yorkers to assist with the recovery from Tropical Depression Ivan.
- More than $970,000 has been disbursed to renters and homeowners whose primary residences were damaged or destroyed, as well as those who were displaced from their homes. The funds will assist victims with: making repairs to their disaster-damaged homes; paying rent for temporary housing; and paying for other lodging expenses if they were displaced from their homes as a result of the disaster.
- More than $293,000 has been mailed to victims to repair or replace damaged and destroyed personal property not covered by insurance; repairing and/or replacing an individual’s primary means of transportation; moving and storage expenses; medical and dental expenses incurred as a direct result of the disaster and other serious disaster-related needs.
- As of the close of business November 12, more than 1,240 individuals have applied for assistance. Those who have not yet applied can register by calling: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers are available 6 a.m. to midnight (EST), Monday through Friday. Individuals with Internet access can register, anytime, on the agency’s Web site at www.fema.gov.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued more than 966 applications to homeowners, renters and businesses for low-interest disaster loans. Residents are asked to complete the SBA loan application as soon as they receive it and return it. Filling out the application does not obligate the applicant to accept a loan. Those who do not qualify for an SBA loan may be referred to other available disaster aid programs. The SBA is the federal government’s primary resource for long-term disaster recovery financing.
- Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) from the New York State Department of Labor is available to those who are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits and are unemployed, as a direct result of Tropical Depression Ivan. Residents who have questions about DUA may call 1-866-642-7227. They can also visit the New York State Department of Labor’s Web site at www.labor.state.ny.us and follow the instructions for filing a new claim.
- The Salvation Army is the casework lead for disaster unmet needs, a process in which disaster response organizations and local community groups work together to help those who may still have disaster-needs. The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Mennonite Disaster Services, Methodist Volunteers in Mission, and many others are working together to help with casework, home repair, food, clothing, household goods, etc. Assistance is provided on a case-by-case basis. To reach a caseworker, call The Salvation Army at:
Orange, Sullivan and Ulster Counties:
Port Jervis: 845-856-3214
Broome, Delaware and Chenango Counties:
Delaware: 607-432-5960 or 607-432-6120
- Those who have registered and want to check on the status of their application, change application information or get further disaster assistance information can call FEMA’s toll-free Helpline at 1-800-621-3362 (choose option two). The Helpline is open from 6 a.m. to midnight (EST), Monday through Friday. The deadline to apply is Nov. 30, 2004.
On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA’s continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effor...