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Published:January 18th, 2007 05:12 EST
U.S. Disaster Aid Tops $2 Million

U.S. Disaster Aid Tops $2 Million

By SOP newswire

ALBANY, N.Y. -- State and federal disaster aid for the November 16-17 flooding has topped $2 million, federal and state disaster recovery officials said today.

On Tuesday, registrations from Broome and Chenango counties topped 1,000 -- 904 from Broome County and 115 from Chenango County.

Federal Coordinating Officer Marianne C. Jackson of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said, “The registration period runs until February 20; but the sooner those with damages register, the sooner we may be able to assist them.”

State Coordinating Officer John R. Gibb of New York’s State Office of Emergency Management said, “If you had damages from November flooding, don’t exempt yourself from possible aid. Register and let us determine if disaster aid programs apply to your situation.”

So far, 642 households have been approved for $1.8 million in FEMA disaster housing grants and 107 households have been approved for $108,000 in state and federal grants for essential needs not met by other assistance programs.

The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved nearly $154,000 in low interest disaster loans. Under a presidential disaster declaration, SBA offers low interest disaster loans to renters, homeowners and businesses of all sizes.

To register, call FEMA toll free at 1-800-631-3362 or visit Registrations hours by telephone are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Those who have registered may want to visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). Specialists in recovery program and advice are available. DRCs are located at the Metro Center, 49 Court Street, Binghamton, and at the Vestal Library, 320 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

In addition, operators on the FEMA Helpline – 1-800-621-3362 – are available to answer questions on recovery issues or refer callers to appropriate responders. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident, initiates mitigation activities and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA works closely with state and local emergency managers, law enforcement personnel, firefighters and other first responders. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.