ALBANY, N.Y. -- Southern Tier homeowners, renters and businesses in Broome and Chenango counties who sustained damage from the November severe storms and flooding have only two weeks left to register for disaster assistance.
February 20 is the last day applications for individual assistance will be accepted. Loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for disaster-related losses to real and personal property also must be submitted by that date.
"We want people to understand that this is merely an application deadline," said Federal Coordinating Officer Marianne C. Jackson. "For individuals who have already applied, their cases will continue to be processed. However, new applications will not be accepted after the February 20 deadline."
Residents are eligible to apply for assistance with the November flooding event even if they registered for the prior flooding in June.
Federal and state disaster recovery officials urge those who have not done so to register as soon as possible. There are two easy ways to begin the registration process. You may call FEMA at 1-800-621 FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The registration lines are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Residents can also register online at www.fema.gov where valuable recovery information is also available.
To date, over 1,200 individuals have applied for disaster assistance. More than $3.82 million has been approved for those impacted by the disaster including more than $1.34 million in disaster loans from the SBA.
New York State and FEMA join the SBA in reminding residents seeking assistance to complete and send in their SBA loan application. The SBA disaster loans are the primary source of long-term recovery aid.
The SBA Disaster Customer Service Center can be reached at 1-800-659-2955 or 1-800-877-8339 for the hearing and speech impaired. The hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Friday.
FEMA's temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, an applicant must complete an SBA loan application to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.
FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident, initiates mitigation activities and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA works closely with state and local emergency managers, law enforcement personnel, firefighters and other first responders. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.