2013-01-03 / News

Deadline nearing for hurricane assistance

Time is running out for anyone hit with losses from Hurricane Sandy to seek federal disaster recovery assistance. The deadline to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency is Monday, Jan. 14.

“Don’t assume you wouldn’t qualify for assistance,” said James Russo of FEMA. “Let us figure that out. We want to ensure that everyone who is eligible receives help.”

Assistance may include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, uninsured vehicle damage, lost or damaged personal property, and many other costs incurred because of the storm.

State and federal officials particularly want to remind anyone who has insurance, including flood insurance, to go ahead and register. Once someone is registered, they can go back to FEMA down the road for help if insurance shortfalls result in uncompensated losses. But if they don’t register before the deadline, FEMA will not be able to help them cover those losses. Registration keeps the financial assistance option open.

Register online at DisasterAssis tance.gov or by calling 1-800-621- 3362. The phone line is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Multilingual recovery specialists are available.

Low-interest disaster loans are also available. The U.S. Small Business Administration provides these loans for businesses, renters, homeowners and private nonprofi ts to cover uncompensated real or personal property losses. The deadline to apply for a loan is Tuesday, Jan. 15. Call 800-659- 2955 for more information.

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