FEMA Deadlines

The deadline for individuals to register with FEMA for Disaster Assistance is October 31, 2011 for Hurricane Irene. In addition the deadline to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance is November 16th.

ONE MONTH LEFT TO REGISTER FOR FEMA DISASTER AID

ALBANY, N. Y.  – New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Irene have only 30 more days to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for possible federal disaster assistance.

October 2 marks the halfway point in the 60-day registration period. It’s important that those who may need to register for aid do so as soon as possible. Registrations cannot be accepted after the October 31, 2011 deadline.

“Registration keeps open the possibility of a wide range of assistance,” said Philip E. Parr, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer. “If your insurance coverage comes up short, or other damage appears later, you need to be registered for us to help.”

To register, call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.  Phone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET, seven days a week until further notice. People with hearing disabilities can use the TTY number, 800-462-7585. Applicants can also register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or with any web-enabled mobile device or smartphone at m.fema.gov. Follow the link to “apply online for federal assistance.”

The registration period and the deadline apply to the major federal disaster declaration signed by President Barack Obama on August 31 that enabled residents and business owners in Albany, Bronx, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Herkimer, Kings, Montgomery, Nassau, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Queens, Rensselaer, Richmond, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren, Washington and Westchester counties to register for federal recovery aid.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Application Deadline Extended

ALBANY, N.Y. - Residents who are unemployed as a direct result of the recent flooding caused by Hurricane Irene may now be eligible for weekly benefit payments under the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program, state and federal officials announced today.

“The DUA program extends coverage to self-employed people, farm workers and others who have lost employment as a direct result of the disaster,” Andrew X. Feeney, state coordinating officer, said. “It is specifically designed to assist those who are otherwise ineligible for state unemployment benefits.”

The deadline to apply for the DUA program has been extended until November 16, 2011.

You may be eligible to apply for DUA if:

• You were injured in the disaster and are unable to work, whether you are an employee or self-employed.

• Your workplace was damaged or destroyed.

• Your transportation to work is not available.

• You cannot get to your job because you must travel through the affected area.

•  You were about to begin working, but could not because of the disaster.

•  You derived most of your income from areas affected by the hurricane and your business is down as a direct result of the disaster.

To apply for DUA, call the Telephone Claims Center (TCC) at 1-888-209-8124 or

1-877-358-5306 if you live out of state. Information to have ready when you call includes your Social Security number, earnings from your most recent tax year and employment history.

“This program is designed to help those whose employment was interrupted by the disaster,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Philip E. Parr, for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “It will help them make ends meet until they can get back to work.”

The availability of this program was initiated by President Obama’s August 31 disaster declaration for parts of New York State and extends to those living or working in any of the 28 counties eligible for individual assistance.  They are: Albany, Bronx, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Herkimer, Kings, Montgomery, Nassau, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Queens, Rensselaer, Richmond, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren, Washington and Westchester counties.

How to Apply for Assistance

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