PRESS RELEASE FROM ASSEMBLYWOMAN ELLEN JAFFEE
Hurricane Sandy left many Rockland individuals and families struggling to rebuild. The deadline to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance for Hurricane Sandy victims is January 28.
FEMA disaster assistance is financial or direct assistance to individuals and families whose property has been damaged or destroyed as a result of Hurricane Sandy, and whose losses are not covered by their insurance.
Whether you are a homeowner or a renter, FEMA assistance is available to anybody affected by Hurricane Sandy. You can apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov, via a smartphone at m.fema.gov, or by phone at 800-621-3362. Hearing- or speech-impaired residents may call TTY 800-462-7585. Or, for more information, visit www.fema.gov/apply-assistance.
Whether you are applying online from your computer or smartphone, or over the phone through a FEMA call center, you should have a pen and paper and the following information ready:
· Your Social Security number
· Current and pre-disaster address
· A telephone number where you can be contacted
· Insurance information
· Total household annual income
· A routing and account number from your bank (only necessary if you want to have disaster assistance funds transferred directly into your bank account)
· A description of your losses that were caused by the disaster.
In light of the increasing frequency of natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy that have left many communities across New York State devastated, I am supporting new legislation that would create the Homeowners Bill of Rights to ensure insurance companies inform homeowners of their insurance policy’s specific details (A.2287) and a second measure that would create a more timely and thorough response from insurance companies in cases of disaster (A.1092).
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this or any other important community issue, don’t hesitate to contact my office at 624.4601 or via email at [email protected].