Storm Relief & FEMA/SBA Financial Assistance Info

**FILE WITH FEMA AID BEFORE NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE OF DEC 6!**

In person:

Disaster Recovery Center hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Center will be closed on Sundays.

  • Public Library, 136 Prospect Ave., Mamaroneck, NY 10543]

Mobile Center is available in Greenburgh at the Greenburgh Public Library for three days only. Support will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday Oct. 19, Wednesday Oct. 20 and Thursday Oct. 21. The Greenburgh Public Library is located at 300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford. 

Online:

You can apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov, or use the FEMA mobile app 

Or by phone:

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Lines are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week, and operators can connect you to a specialist who speaks your language. If you use a relay service such as 711/VRS (video relay service), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.

FURTHER ASSISTANCE:

_Call United Way hotline at 211 for any other storm-related needs/issues

_FEMA may direct you to complete an SBA Loan application at a very low rate (fixed 1.5% interest, up to 30 years) with deferred payment for the first 18 months for up to $200,000 + 20% possible on top of that for additional future needs. If FEMA requests it, you must apply for a loan whether or not you decide to take one, in order to be considered for FEMA aid. 

For more information, individuals may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or visiting SBA’s website at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

_**Free Legal Assistance Available for People Impacted by the Remnants of Hurricane Ida in New York**

A toll-free legal assistance hotline is available to those affected by the severe storms and flooding caused by Hurricane Ida in September. This service is being provided in partnership with the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD), the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other local organizations. Low-income individuals facing legal issues as a result of this disaster may call (888) 399-5459 for help, including:

  • assistance securing government benefits as they are made available to disaster survivors

  • assistance with life, medical and property insurance claims

  • help with home repair contracts and contractors.

  • replacement of wills and other important legal documents lost or destroyed in the disaster

  • consumer protection issues such as price-gouging and avoiding contractor scams in the rebuilding process

  • counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems; and

  • counseling on landlord-tenant problems.

_Tarrytown Town Hall Office Hours to be paired with a Storm Relief Angel volunteer assistant to help you file with FEMA/SBA:

Starts Wednesday, Oct 13th 10 am - 12 pm by appointment - kmadsen@greenburghny.com or 914.989.1540

Info Requested for FEMA Application:

  • Your address and zip code

  • Social Security number

  • Annual income from tax filing

  • Insurance info, if available (rejection letter, or settlement letter)

  • Condition of damaged home (photos, video)

  • Receipts/estimates of work/damages

  • Phone number

  • Address and email

Beware of Fraud:

FEMA warns residents of the risk of fraud and common scams in the wake of the severe storms and flooding. Common post-disaster fraud practices include fake housing inspectors, fraudulent building contractors, bogus pleas for disaster donations and fake offers of state or federal aid. Residents are urged to ask questions and to require identification when someone claims to represent a government agency.

Those affected should also keep in mind that state and federal workers never ask for or accept money, and always carry identification badges with a photograph. There is no fee required to apply for or to receive disaster assistance from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) or the State of New York. Further, no state or federal government disaster assistance agency will call to ask for your financial account information. Unless you place a call to the agency yourself, you should not provide personal information over the phone as it can lead to identity theft.

Those who suspect fraud can call the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline toll free at (866) 720-5721. Complaints may also be made to local law enforcement agencies.

Those working with a volunteer from the Greenburgh Storm Relief Angels are asked to sign a waiver, as has the volunteer. If you want to confirm the identity of your volunteer you can contact kmadsen@greenburghny.com or 914-989-1540.