Cuomo: FEMA assistance for Superstorm Sandy extended

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The deadline for residents who live in disaster-declared areas after Superstorm Sandy to apply for FEMA assistance has been extended from Wednesday to March 29, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today.

The assistance through FEMA can include money for individuals and families to pay for rental assistance, home repairs and property losses not covered by insurance.

The areas deemed eligible for assistance after the Oct. 29 storm include New York City, Long Island and Rockland, Westchester, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster counties.

“It is clear that many New Yorkers impacted by Hurricane Sandy are still in need and must have access to disaster assistance and resources to help them get back on their feet,” Cuomo said in a statement. “This extension from FEMA will provide impacted residents with more time to get help so they can rebuild as soon as possible.”

The 30-day extension also includes those who want to apply to the Small Business Administration for lowered-interest loans, Cuomo said.

Individuals can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or at m.fema.gov.

Applicants may also call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone number operates 7 a.m. to 1 a.m., seven days a week.

The SBA Disaster Customer Service Center toll-free number is: 800-659-2955. Assistance is also available by email at DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov or by visiting www.sba.gov.

A simple and fast way to complete an SBA application is online is available at: https://DisasterLoan.SBA.gov/ELA.

There are also disaster recovery center to help answer questions. To find the nearest one, visit www.FEMA.gov/disaster-recovery-centers.

For more information on New York’s disaster recovery, visit www.fema.gov/SandyNY

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