FEMA extends aid deadline for Sandy victims

A member of the charity group Samaritan's Purse

A member of the charity group Samaritan's Purse helps homeowners on Michigan Street in Long Beach strip their houses, destroyed by superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 18, 2012) (Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended for another month the deadline for residents in disaster-declared counties to register for FEMA assistance, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Tuesday.

The deadline for residents in the 13 counties that were in the state's disaster declarations after superstorm Sandy, including Nassau and Suffolk, has been extended to March 29. The previous deadline was Wednesday.

Federal disaster aid for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.


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"This extension from FEMA will provide impacted residents with more time to get help so they can rebuild as soon as possible," Cuomo said in a statement.

The state's request included a 30-day extension for individuals and businesses to apply to the federal Small Business Administration for lower-interest loans.

Individuals can register for assistance online at www.disasterassistance.gov, or by smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov. Applicants also may call 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585 from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. seven days a week. Also, assistance is available by sending an email to DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov, or by visiting www.sba.gov.

To contact the SBA Disaster Customer Service Center, call 800-659-2955 or (TTY) 800-877-8339. Residents may go online to apply at https://- DisasterLoan.SBA.gov/ELA.

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