STATEN ISLAND, NY– Tuesday — a day before the official start of hurricane season — The Staten Island Long Term Recovery Organization (SILTRO) will host “Ida Help and Disaster Planning” with Emergency Management in New York in Port Richmond.
The meeting at 260 Port Richmond Ave., May 31 from 4-6 p.m., will be a one-stop-shop for anyone who wants advice, documents and packing lists for a bag to go, or advice on securing resources , funds , or information about Ida’s recovery.
Disaster preparedness experts will organize this event with NYC Emergency Management.
There will also be case managers for the Staten Islanders who tried to seek help on their own but may have gotten mired in bureaucracy. City agencies will explain how the city can provide up to $72,000 in additional funds to homeowners who applied for assistance through FEMA but did not receive the full amount.
Information on pandemic-related emergency rental and landlord assistance programs will also be available, with expert help through the application process. The event will include information on connecting with contractors, submitting requests for volunteers to come to your house to rebuild, and other community support programs.
Hurricane Ida killed at least 45 people in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut and 13 in New York City, most of them when their basement apartments flooded. Hundreds of people lost their homes, cars and belongings in the rapidly rising waters.
Moreover, it is not only the physical structures that will be discussed. The meeting will highlight the emotional and medical services available to individuals and families coping with the aftermath of a disaster, whether they have been displaced from their homes by a storm or have lost a loved one to of COVID-19.
The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be the seventh consecutive above-average activity with a higher likelihood of major hurricanes making landfall along the continental United States coast.
A prediction from scientists at Colorado State University indicates that there will be at least 19 named storms and nine hurricanes, four of which will be Category 3 or higher, compared to an average season that normally has 14 named storms, about seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes.
A weather condition called La Nina could be one of the factors driving up the number of hurricanes in the Atlantic this year.