ALBANY, N.Y. – Residents of Orange and Ulster counties hit by both Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee may be eligible for federal aid from both disasters but must register separately for each incident, officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said today.
Five counties in New York State are included in two separate federally declared disasters. Orange and Ulster counties were recently declared eligible for Individual Assistance (IA), after being hit by Tropical Storm Lee. Earlier they were declared eligible for IA after being hit by Hurricane Irene.
FEMA officials stressed that to receive aid for both, survivors impacted by the storms must register twice, once for each federally declared disaster. Call 1-800-621-3362 to register, or visit a local Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). The toll-free line is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET, seven days a week until further notice. People with hearing disabilities may use the TTY number, 800-462-7585. Applicants can also register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or with any web-enabled mobile device or smartphone at m.fema.gov.
A DRC is located in Orange County at Orange County Training Center, 9 Training Center Lane, New Hampton, NY 10953. The DRC in Ulster County is located at Ulster Business Resource Center, 601 Ulster Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401. Both DRCS are open Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and closed on Sundays.
“We want anyone who suffered damage from either Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee to get the maximum assistance available,” said Philip Parr, federal coordinating officer for FEMA’s operations in New York. “However, if you were hit by both disasters, you must register separately for each to receive aid,” Parr said.
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