CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. -- There are only a few days left to register for the disaster assistance made available following the severe storms and flooding of August 8-10, recovery officials announced today.
The deadline is Tuesday, November 3, for residents of Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, and Erie counties, according to officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO).
November 3 is also the deadline to submit disaster loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Residents and business owners in the three-county area who have yet to register should call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362); 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- and hearing-impaired. Lines are open daily from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Online registration is available any time at www.disasterassistance.gov.
“Not registering is like throwing money away,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Jaime E. Forero. “While not everyone who registers is guaranteed assistance, you’ll never know unless you do so.”
“We want to be certain we’re helping everyone that qualifies for assistance,” said State Coordinating Officer John R. Gibb, who is also Director of SEMO. “If you’ve put off registering for any reason -- don’t let another day go by.”
So far, more than 1,400 western New Yorkers have registered for state and federal assistance in the three counties and assistance approved is nearly $6.7 million. More than $2.3 million of that total is in low-interest disaster loans through the SBA.
A Disaster Recovery Center and an SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center remain open weekdays from 9 a.m. 6 p.m. to provide face-to-face assistance to those affected by the flooding:
Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Mt. Carmel School
165 Central Ave.
Silver Creek, NY 14136
State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center
Gowanda Fire Hall
230 Aldrich St.
Gowanda, NY 14070
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