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November Flood Victims Urged to Apply for Assistance

BINGHAMTON, NY - Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala urges all residents impacted by the November flash floods to register with FEMA. FEMA closed the two local Disaster Recovery Centers last Friday but impacted residents can still contact FEMA at 1.800.621.FEMA(3362) to apply for financial assistance to help with their recovery efforts.

“We understand that some people believe that just because they contacted their local municipality to report flood damage that they were automatically registered and that is just not the case,” said Executive Fiala. “We want to make sure every single victim of the November 16th flash floods gets the help they need and the only way at this time to receive any help is through FEMA.”

*FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, an applicant must complete an SBA loan application to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

If you have not registered for assistance, you can call the FEMA registration line at 1.800.621.FEMA (3362). Individuals with hearing or speech impairments should call (TTY) 1.800.462.7585. The registration lines are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. You can also register online at www.fema.gov.

Those registered also can get help by calling the FEMA Helpline at 1.800.621 FEMA (3362) or 1.800.462.7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The telephone lines are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

New York State and FEMA join the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in reminding New Yorkers seeking assistance to complete and send in their SBA loan application. The SBA disaster loans are the primary source of long-term recovery aid.

FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident, initiates mitigation activities and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA works closely with state and local emergency managers, law enforcement personnel, firefighters and other first responders. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.

*(Information provided by www.fema.gov)