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Nov 9, 2012 12:02 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

FEMA Representatives At East Hampton Town Hall

Nov 9, 2012 2:16 PM

Representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration have set up a disaster recovery center in the old supervisors’ office at East Hampton Town Hall and will be there from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday to provide assistance to residents and businesses who suffered damages from Hurricane Sandy.

Disaster recovery officials will be on hand to help with the filing of claims for FEMA assistance grants and SBA loans for those whose homes or businesses were left hobbled by Sandy.

“We’re here to help replace basic needs,” said disaster recover center manager Jan Freemond on Friday. “We are here to help people get their lives moving forward again. We’re concerned that you have a livable dwelling, a drivable car so you can get to work, even so far as furniture and tools—if you were a carpenter, for example, and you lost your tools in the storm.”

FEMA can provide up to $31,900 in grants toward repairs to an individual’ homes, vehicle and business. The SBA can also bring to bear much larger amounts of money in the form of low-interest loans for both homeowners and business owners who suffered catastrophic damages in the storm.

Applications for aid do not have to be made in person. FEMA grants can be applied for at disasterassistance.gov or by calling 800-621-FEMA. Applications must be made within 60 days of the event that cause the damage.

“You can do an awful lot just by registering on the phone or online but face to face is always more comforting for people, we find,” Ms. Freemond said. “We do some crisis counseling too.”

FEMA has more than 5,000 representatives at work on the Sandy recovery effort and some 30 mobile disaster recovery units like the one in East Hampton this weekend.

FEMA has issued a fact sheet for the State of New York recovery effort, which includes a summary of key federal disaster aid programs and requirements and instructions for affected individuals, families and businesses. Copies of the fact sheet are available at the town’s website, www.town.east-hampton.ny.us.

Applicants who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. Toll-free numbers are available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday until further notice.

The federal Department of Health and Human Services will also be releasing $339 million from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program to New York State to help low-income households and seniors with energy bills. The funds may be used to place people in locations with access to heating.

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