|September 05, 2007
Queens Residents May Be Eligible for FEMA Funds
The federal government recently declared the borough of Queens a
disaster area following the torrential rains and damaging floods of August
8. The city is now working with FEMA to spread the word and make sure every
eligible resident and business owner applies for the grants and low interest
loans they are now eligible for.
All residents and
business owners affected by the Aug. 8 flooding should CALL FEMA at
1-800-621-FEMA to register their claim. Applications can also be taken
but calling is best.
Operators are available from 8a.m. to 9 p.m. Details
on the application process and what to have handy when you call are
Residents may be eligible for grants to cover the
damage to their homes, reimbursements for nights spent at hotels or in
rentals while homes were being repaired, even lost medical equipment and
prescriptions. Low interest loans are also being offered through the Small
Business Administration to cover personal property and for business owners
who sustained physical damage or lost business.
*Residents who have already filed or intend to file
claims with the City Comptroller should absolutely still call and register
their losses with FEMA as well.
FEMA and the City are also setting up a DISASTER
ASSISTANCE SERVICE CENTER to offer help with applications and additional
services. FEMA, the Small Business Administration, the NY Insurance
Department, along with charity and other organizations will be on hand to
help. We will also have TRANSLATION services (Arabic, Spanish, Chinese)
DISASTER ASSISTANCE SERVICE CENTER
137-77 Northern Boulevard Flushing
(Transportation: No. 7 train to Main Street/Flushing, LIRR to Flushing
Station; Buses Q13,Q14,Q16, Q20A, Q20B, Q28, Q44 Q25, Q34. There is also a
municipal parking lot nearby)
Monday - Saturday 11a.m. to 7 p.m.
(for approximately 2 weeks starting September 5th.)