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Disaster Loan and Grant Aid for Storm Recovery in New York Tops $235 Million

ALBANY, N.Y. – Federal aid to New York state residents who suffered damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee totals more than $235 million as of Nov. 18. 

State officials and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announce the following summary of assistance for both federally declared disasters:
• 59,041 applicants sought FEMA disaster assistance for damage caused by Irene and Lee in New York state;
• More than $132 million has been approved in Housing Assistance for housing-related needs and repairs;
• More than $11 million was approved in Other Needs Assistance for necessary expenditures and serious needs such as personal property, transportation, medical and dental expenses, eye glass replacement, funeral expenses;
• More than $92 million in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans have been approved for thousands of New York households and businesses;
• 23,577 individuals visited Disaster Recovery Centers located in counties throughout New York.
Registering with FEMA is an important first step in recovery. Anyone affected by Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee may register for assistance by calling FEMA's toll-free registration line at 800-621-3362. Those with access or functional needs and who use a TTY, call 800-4621-7585. Hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.  Multilingual operators are available. Register anytime online at or via mobile application at
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
11/22/2011 - 10:28am