ALBANY, NY -- Disaster recovery assistance from early April flooding in New York has reached more than $12 million, according to state and federal disaster recovery officials.
Since President Bush declared a major disaster declaration on April 19, at the request of New York Governor George E. Pataki, residents, business owners and government agencies in 21 New York counties have been made eligible to register for state and federal disaster recovery programs.
To date, 3,352 New Yorkers have registered for assistance.
Aid to Individuals and Businesses
Renters, homeowners and business owners in Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Orange, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Schoharie, Sullivan, Tioga and Ulster were made eligible to register for state and federal help with disaster related damages.
The Individual and Households Program (IHP) includes Housing Assistance and Other Needs Assistance. A total of $7,399,778 in IHP assistance has been granted.
Housing Assistance may include repair assistance and temporary rental assistance. The total for housing has reached $4,939,178. Other Needs Assistance covers medical, dental and funeral expenses; furniture, clothing and certain appliances; vehicle costs, and other eligible expenses. A total of $2,460,600 has been granted in that program.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low interest disaster loans to renters, homeowners and businesses. To date, SBA has issued 2,426 residential low interest disaster loan applications and 514 business applications for New Yorkers who suffered flood damage. A total of $3,185,800 in loans has been approved.
The disaster declaration made 20 counties -- Broome, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chenango, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Greene, Madison, Montgomery, Niagara, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Sullivan, Tioga, Ulster and Westchester -- eligible for the public assistance program. The program provides reimbursements to government units and certain private non-profit organizations for emergency protective measures taken in response to the storms and flooding, the repair of damaged infrastructure and for disaster related debris removal.
To date, 528 requests for public assistance have been received and FEMA has approved $1,495,307 in reimbursements for eligible disaster related costs and losses.
FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, trains first responders, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.