Residents of the 13 New York counties that were declared disaster areas after Superstorm Sandy now have another four weeks to register for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Instead of the Dec. 31 deadline, it is now Jan. 28, 2013.
The 13 counties include Rockland, Westchester and putnam, as well as New York City, Long Island, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster.
Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.
“As we work to help communities get back on their feet, this extension will be a big help to New Yorkers who were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy,” Cuomo said in a statement. “As we move into the holiday season and start the New Year, this extension will allow affected families and individuals extra time to apply for much-needed assistance to help rebuild and recover.”
Individuals can register online, or via smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov. They can also call 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Those who use 7-1-1 Relay or Video Relay Services can call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers will operate 24 hours a day until further notice.