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Steps To Apply For FEMA Assistance

11/7/2012

Residents from Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, & other nearby New York counties are eligible for Individual Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Assistance for losses sustained anytime after the storm may include grants for temporary housing & home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, & other programs to help recover from the effects of the disaster.  Even those with insurance may be eligible for  help from FEMA if their insurance policy does not cover all their needs.

STEP 1: REGISTER WITH FEMA

You can apply online - click here.

You can apply by phone: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY at 1-800-462-7585, seven days a week, 7AM to 10PM.

When you apply, you will receive a 9-digit registration number that can be used for reference when corresponding with FEMA.

STEP 2: RECEIVE A PROPERTY INSPECTION

Within a few days of registering, eligible applicants will be contacted to make an appointment to have their damaged property inspected.  The inspectors, who are FEMA contractors & carry identification badges, visit to make a record of the damage.  They do not make a determination regarding assistance.  There is no cost for the inspection.

STEP 3: RECEIVE A LETTER FROM FEMA REGARDING THE STATUS OF THEIR REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE

Some will also receive an application for a low-interest disaster recovery loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  Those who receive an SBA application packet should complete and submit the forms.  No one is required to accept a loan, but submitting the application may open the door to additional FEMA grants.

 

Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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