Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sukkoth+wind swept heavy rains=flying debris

The National Weather Service predicts 1-1.5 inches of rain will fall today with winds from 15-20 mph, accompanied by gusts to 30 mph along the coast. Stronger wind is expected Thursday as the system exits the area.

The New York City Office of Emergency Management notes that there is a risk that Sukkoth may be compromised.  Individuals and organizations to take the needed steps to secure outdoor objects, including Sukkoth that could blow away and cause damage or injury.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Less than a month left to apply/register for FEMA assistance

FEMA and NY State offer various grants and loans for victims of Irene. Damages and repairs not covered by insurance may be eligible for grants or loans through FEMA. If your insurance carrier has denied your claim or the settlement does not adequately cover your costs, we advise you to register before October 31st. If you are not registered by that date FEMA won't be able to help.

Individuals, homeowners, renters and small businesses. To learn about the process, including links and phone numbers, click on the link to read the JCRC overview and instructions for individuals, homeowners, renters and small businesses here. Applicants must register by October 31st.

Not-for-profits. Not-for profits may access SBA loans, but there is a separate program for certain not-for-profit organizations with an October 28th deadline. Click on this link to view the JCRC not-for-profit overview and instructions.

Q&A. A new resource, Commonly Asked Questions About Disaster Aid, was just published by FEMA. See it here.

Disaster Recovery Centers, Online and phone contacts. As time passes, FEMA is closing Disaster Recovery Centers. Check online for the latest list of open centers and their hours here. You can also register online at or by calling 1-800-621-3362.