Residents of the Hudson Valley affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida have received more than $ 42 million in disaster assistance, according to figures from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The overwhelming majority of claims and funding have been in Westchester.
Homeowners and tenants in several counties in the Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island have until Jan. 4 to apply for federal disaster assistance after FEMA extended its deadline in December.
FEMA Disaster Assistance is for residents who suffered uninsured or underinsured property damage caused by the storm that swept through New York City from September 1-3.
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Hurricane Ida cost the United States an estimated $ 65 billion, according to a report released Monday by Christian Aid, a UK-based nonprofit, that extreme weather events were exacerbated by climate change.
After starting in the Caribbean, Ida swept through nine US states, killing 95 people. Eighteen people have died in New York state, including five in Westchester and a native of Dutchess County.
In addition to residents of Westchester, Rockland and Dutchess counties, the January 4 deadline also applies to residents of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, as well as Long Island. Residents of Orange County, who were not eligible for Ida aid until December, have until January 31 to apply.
How much was provided?
FEMA has distributed more than $ 187 million throughout New York City, according to figures as of Tuesday. The state has seen more than 87,200 people registered for hurricane relief, of which more than 38,300 received assistance through the Individuals and Households program.
In New York State, over $ 108 million has gone into the National Flood Insurance Program, and over $ 190 million has been approved for Small Business Administration disaster loans, according to FEMA figures. More than 3,900 New York businesses and homes have received loans.
FEMA funding provided through its Hudson Valley Individuals and Households Program starting Wednesday includes:
- Dutchess: 842 registrations, of which 422 are eligible; $ 1,190,476 awarded.
- Orange: 683 registrations, including 304 eligible; $ 1,370,228 awarded.
- Rockland: 1,338 registrations, of which 600 are eligible; $ 2,797,988 awarded.
- Westchester: 13,630 registrations, of which 6,789 eligible; $ 36,872,305 awarded.
Disaster assistance applies to rent relief, reimbursement of accommodation costs, home repairs and other costs such as replacement of personal property, moving and storage, as well as as transportation, funerals and health care.
How to register?
Residents can apply for FEMA assistance to Disaster Assistance.gov or by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Operators are available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day. Press 2 for Spanish. Press 3 for an interpreter who speaks your language.
To apply, residents will need their social security number; the address of the damaged house; insurance information; telephone number and postal address; and bank account and routing numbers for direct depositing funds.
Once a tenant or landlord makes the request, a FEMA inspector will verify the reported losses. If denied, residents can appeal FEMA’s decision within 60 days.
Qualifying low-income New Yorkers can also receive free legal advice from FEMA for tenant-owner issues, foreclosures, medical and property insurance claims, and home repair contracts. Lawyers can also help appeal FEMA decisions. The Legal Services toll-free hotline is 888-399-5459.
The deadline for FEMA disaster assistance for New Yorkers had been extended to December 6.
The latest updates from FEMA regarding the effects of Hurricane Ida in New York City can be found at www.fema.gov/disaster/4615.