FEMA assistance: Major Disaster declared
Governor Hochul announced that President Biden approved an expedited Major Disaster Declaration for Westchester County. This will make federal financial assistance available to local governments and eligible New Yorkers recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. According to the announcement, "New Yorkers who have been displaced, including uninsured families, will be eligible for funds for housing assistance, as well as crisis counseling, unemployment assistance, home repairs, and legal services."
If you are a homeowner who has suffered significant property damage from the remnants of Hurricane Ida, you may use this link to apply for assistance: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/
For more information about FEMA aid for individuals and households, click here: https://www.fema.gov/assistance/individual
Here is a checklist of information you will need to get your application started: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/get-assistance/application-checklist
If you have insurance, file a claim with your insurance company before applying to FEMA. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but may be able to help where homeowners or flood insurance did not. If you have flood insurance, report your loss immediately to your insurance agent or carrier.
Some of the criteria that must be met to be eligible for assistance include the following:
• Damage must have occurred during the incident period of the declaration and be a direct result of the incident.
• Eligible losses include non-insured damage/loss to primary residence, damage/loss to eligible personal property.
If you need further information or assistance you may also call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362. This number is also for users of 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS). TTY users can call 1-800-462-7585. Helpline services are available 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. ET.
Please make sure you are carefully documenting all damage in writing and with photographs, receipts and other documentation.
Small businesses recovering from Ida damage may also qualify for disaster loan assistance from the Small Business Administration. For information please visit this website or call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY/TDD: 1-800-877-8339)
Volunteers available to help with flood clearance
If you are still having trouble getting assistance with the clean out of flood-affected areas of your home, please reach out to the Village and we can put you in touch with an organization of volunteers who can assist through New York Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. Reach out to Alissa Fasman at 231-8512 or firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know that you are in need of assistance and we will help coordinate with those who may be available to help.
Housing and Food Assistance
Residents who need housing assistance should reach out to the Westchester County Department of Social Services. If you have a housing emergency, you may call 914-995-2099. If you need immediate assistance, you may also contact the American Red Cross at 877-RED-CROSS or United Way by dialing 211.
Feeding Westchester is working to respond to food insecurity. Residents with need can go to their website at https://feedingwestchester.org/ to find pantries or food assistance near them.
Tips from the CDC
Prevent Mold Growth
- Clean up and dry your home quickly after the storm or flood ends- within 24 to 48 hours if possible.
- Air out your house by opening doors and windows. Use fans to dry wet areas. Position fans to blow air out doors or windows.
- Throw away anything that you can’t clean or dry quickly (such as mattresses, carpeting, carpet padding, rugs, upholstered furniture, cosmetics, stuffed animals, baby toys, pillows, foam-rubber items, books, wall coverings, and paper products).
- Remove and discard drywall and insulation that has been contaminated with sewage or flood waters.
- Thoroughly clean all wet items and surfaces with hot water and laundry or dish detergent. For example, you’ll want to clean any flooring, concrete, molding, wood and metal furniture, countertops, appliances, sinks, and other plumbing fixtures.
- Fix any leaks in roofs, walls, or plumbing as soon as you can.
Clean up mold with a mix of bleach and water
- Never use bleach in a closed space. Open windows and doors first.
- Put on personal protective equipment to protect your eyes, nose, mouth, and skin. Wear goggles, an N-95 respirator, and protective gloves.
- To make your cleaner, mix 1 cup of household bleach with 1 gallon of water.
- Clean everything with mold on it.
- See Mold After a Disaster, CDC Flood Web site, and Homeowner’s and Renter’s Guide to Mold Cleanup After Disasters or more information on safely reentering flooded homes, cleaning up flood or storm water, worker safety issues, and mold cleanup issues.
More tips are available from on the CDC’s website: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/cleanup/facts.html?fbclid=IwAR1mGLv9WlWIXDdClRVy2tcHmbeViy_Ueq8Ul58SsIGnUmN2QsHNWUeI2Bo