The following was written by Eastchester Town Supervisor Anthony Colavita.
I urge you to report storm damage and apply for FEMA aid.
The President issued a major disaster declaration for New York State the night Hurricane Sandy hit, making residents immediately eligible to apply for aid.
I am urging residents to take multiple photos of the damage and first file a claim with their insurance company, then FEMA, right away.
Residents may apply for aid at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).
Residents are encouraged to immediately photograph all damage and to save receipts for any supplies or equipment purchased. Residents should first file a claim with their insurance companies.
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Next, they should immediately file with FEMA. Once a claim is filed, a FEMA inspector will be in touch within a few days to schedule a visit. Once an assessment is made, compensation will be mailed or direct deposited several days later to those who are eligible.
FEMA provides up to $31,900 in aid to individuals and households for a variety of needs; although, some forms of Individuals and Households Program (IHP) assistance have limits.
We will gather more information from FEMA as and when we receive same, and forward it to you promptly.
Anthony S. Colavita