If you have been affected by the recent storms and flooding, be aware that there is federal and state disaster relief available to you. Below is a list of key agencies you should contact:
Federal and State Resources and Information
Use this website to search for state and disaster relief resources and help.
FEMA: New York Hurricane Irene Relief Information:
The website for FEMA New York information regarding Hurricane Irene.
New York State Storm Relief Rebate Program:
If you are a resident of New York State and essential appliances or equipment were lost or damaged because of Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee, you may qualify for cash rebates by purchasing eligible ENERGY STAR® or High Efficiency appliances or equipment.
Federal Aid Programs For State Of New York Emergency:
Resource provides information on federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama’s emergency disaster declaration issued for New York.
Hurricane Irene Relief Effort in New York:
Information on the relief efforts in New York and how you can help.
New York State Governor’s Updates on Hurricane Irene Relief:
Get updates on disaster relief for New Yorkers from the Governor’s website.
New York EDEN (Extension Disaster Education Network) Emergency Preparedness:
New York Extension Disaster Education Network (NY EDEN) is a collaborative educational network based at Cornell University, dedicated to educating New York residents about preventing, preparing for and recovering from emergencies and disasters.
Public Benefits Information
Food Stamp Recipients Could Be Eligible For Replacement of Food Lost as a Result of the Storm:
The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) has announced that Food Stamp recipients who lost food as a result of Hurricane Irene can obtain replacement Food Stamp benefits. Learn how to do this.
New York State Bar Association Providing Free Legal Help Assistance for Flood Victims:
Victims of devastating floods affecting 20 counties can get free legal consultation from volunteer lawyers. Attorneys will be available to answer questions about insurance, property disputes, landlord-tenant matters and general legal matters, such as replacing a missing will or other documents. Flood victims seeking legal advice should call Legal Referral and Information Services at 1-800-342-3661. Callers will be given the name and telephone number of a volunteer attorney. Callers will receive a free 30-minute consultation, either in-person or by telephone.
IRS Tax Relief for Victims of Hurricane Irene:
The Internal Revenue Service is providing tax relief to individual and business taxpayers impacted by Hurricane Irene. The tax relief postpones certain tax filing and payment deadlines to Oct. 31, 2011. Full details, including the start date for the relief in various locations and information on how to claim a disaster loss by amending a prior-year tax return, can be found in tax relief announcements for individual states on this website.
Housing Assistance and Information
Do you need help relocating due to the storms?
There are many families who are in need of long term or permanent re-location. NYHousingSearch.gov provides information to help New Yorkers find housing after being displaced by the storms.
Returning Home After the Flood:
A step by step guide on what to do to ensure your safety when recovering from a flood.
New York State Insurance Department Disaster Relief Hotline:
The Department’s disaster hotline at 800-339-1759, will be open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for as long as needed. Please call for Hurricane Irene Disaster related issues only.