NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Only a few days remain for homeowners, renters, and business owners in Brooklyn and Queens who experienced damages from the August 8 storms and flooding to register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Friday, November 16, is the last day to register for disaster assistance.
"We don't want anyone who was a victim of the August 8 storm to lose out on help that will assist them with recovery and rebuilding," said Federal Coordinating Officer Marianne C. Jackson of FEMA. "It takes just a few minutes to register."
Various options for assistance become available once people register. Homeowners may be eligible for housing grants to repair or rebuild from disaster-related damages. Low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offer financial aid for home and business owners. Disaster unemployment assistance and tax assistance are also available.
As of November 2, more than $6.6 million has been approved in disaster grants and low-interest loans for homeowners, renters and business owners who suffered damages.
"As long as people register and get in the system by Friday, November 16, they remain eligible to see what state and federal assistance may be an option for them," said State Coordinating Officer John R. Gibb, Director of the New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO).
Anyone affected by the August 8 storms can register for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the hearing and speech impaired, from Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., or going online at www.fema.gov.
After registering, people can visit an SBA-FEMA Recovery Center in Queens to meet face-to-face with disaster specialists. They can get answers to questions about their FEMA application and get help in filling out an SBA low-interest loan package.
The Recovery Centers will be open on Veterans Day and Election Day, and will close permanently on Friday, November 16. The locations and hours are as follows:
QUEENS: ?SBA-FEMA Mobile Recovery Center in Jamaica, located at Greater Allen AME Cathedral of New York in the parking lot at 111-17 Merrick Boulevard. (between 111th Avenue and 111th Road) Jamaica, NY 11433.? Hours are Monday thru Friday, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This center will permanently close on Friday, November 16, at 7:00 p.m.
- BROOKLYN: FEMA Recovery Center in Bay Ridge, located at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 552 59th Street (at 6th Avenue) in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY 11220. Hours are Monday thru Friday (closed weekends), from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. This center will permanently close on Friday, November 16, at 7:00 p.m.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.