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Suffolk County Urges Storm-Ravaged Residents To Seek FEMA Aid

Grant award decisions are made within days.

Suffolk County residents who have suffered devastating losses due to Superstorm Sandy are urged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency as soon as possible to apply for grant monies.

According to an update sent out by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, before applying to FEMA, residents should contact their homeowners’ insurance agency, and then register with FEMA through the website at www.disasterassistance.gov, or call FEMA directly at 1-800-621-3362.

Once an application has been completed, FEMA represenatives will usually contact applicants within 48 hours, the release states. A FEMA agent will come to an individual's home to assess the damage.  

FEMA is making decisions regarding grant awards within days. 

Bellone said residents should not wait for insurance agents or FEMA to arrive before cleaning up areas that may be hazardous, however. Instead, residents are advised to document the damage for insurance purposes with photographs of storm-ravaged areas. In addition, residents should keep receipts for services and goods. 

Suffolk County officials warn that FEMA interviewers who come to assess damage will not ask personal questions, such as an individual's Social Security number or bank account number, or other questions applicants would have already answered when applying for assistance.  If anyone asks those kinds of questions, the individual is not representing FEMA; FEMA agents carry official credentials on badges.   

Meanwhile, small businesses needing recovery assistance should contact the Suffolk County Department of Labor at (631) 853-6600.  Through the SCDOL and Department of Economic Development & Planning, the County is hosting Small Business Assistance Recovery Centers at SCDOL offices in Hauppauge and Riverhead beginning on Wednesday. 

Hours of operation at the H. Lee Dennison building in Hauppauge are from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and at the Riverhead SCDOL from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

 

lindy resident November 06, 2012 at 04:25 AM
funny.. i was contacted and the message left for me said "your home in the location is not eligible for FEMA coverage, BUT we will cover 2 months of rental assistance really? not covered? my area not covered... do they know how bad we were hit ?
lindy resident November 06, 2012 at 04:26 AM
ohh and this was 2 days AFTER the GOV of NY ... mayor of lindy and suff county exec bellone were ON my block
bigeyes November 06, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Go back and contact them again. Makes no sense - Lindenhurst was CLEARLY one of the worst hit towns. Don't just make one call, and give up - get someone on the phone and press the issue! That's how you get stuff done. : ) And Lindenhurst deserves the aid - I mean, your town was all over the news last week because of what happened there!
bigeyes November 06, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Just posted from an ex HS classmate on FB - go in person! : Lindenhurst Memorial Library FEMA is here at LML. If you have any questions or need help applying for FEMA disaster aid, come to Lindenhurst Memorial Library and talk face-to-face with a FEMA representative. LML is here for you! Please share this message with our friends and neighbors who are without power or internet service.
Violet Iglio November 07, 2012 at 01:04 PM
I have requested for years to implement a FEMA grant (mitigation) program to Mr. Bellone, only to be told that they needed people to man that program. But Lindenhurst Village has taken advantage of what FEMA offered them for years now. The rest of us who have an address in Lindenhurst do not have that option. WHY we pay our taxes, flood,homeowners I think that would be enought to hire some unemployed individuals to "MAN" that program, we can really use it now!

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