ALBANY, N.Y. -- Winter is coming. Was your furnace affected by the flood waters? State and Federal officials urge those affected by the late August floods and storms to make sure their furnaces are ready for winter.
By registering for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), flood victims can take the first step in recovery.
"If you were uninsured or your insurance policy did not cover some of your disaster-related damages or losses, FEMA may be able to help," said Philip E. Parr, Federal Coordinating Officer with FEMA. "If your insurance company did not fully cover your losses, take the first step and register with FEMA."
"Homeowners sometimes determine furnace repairs are required after storms and flooding," said Parr. "If you live in one of the counties where the federal disaster has been declared and you had water damage to your furnace, register for assistance."
Furnaces that might have been damaged by flood water should be professionally inspected and tested to ensure they function properly. Federal assistance for repair or replacement of the furnace may be available but only if you register for assistance.
Homeowners, renters and business owners can register by calling the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621- 3362. Individuals with speech or hearing impairments may call TTY at 1-800-462-7585. Multilingual assistance is available by phone. The toll-free line is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET, seven days a week until further notice. Applicants can also register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or with a web-enabled mobile device or smartphone at m.fema.gov. Follow the link to "apply online for federal assistance."
The deadline to apply is October 29, 2011.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.