Monday, May 14, 2007

Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be opening mobile disaster recovery centers in the county beginning on Wednesday. Residents and businesses experiencing a loss during the April 14-18 noreaster may apply over the phone by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), on line at or by visiting one of the mobile disaster recovery centers. These units will be at the Town of Ulster Town Hall on Wednesday May 16 from noon until 6 PM, and on Thursday and Friday May 17 and 18 from 9 AM to 6 PM both days; or at the Town of New Paltz Town Hall on Saturday May 19 from noon until 6 PM and again on Monday and Tuesday May 21 and 22 from 9 AM to 6 PM. Residents should have their social security number, private insurance information, address of the damaged property, directions to the property and a contact phone number available when they register.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Individual Assistance Approved by FEMA

FEMA has approved Ulster County's Individual Assistance application. By giving Ulster this disaster declaration, individuals, families and businesses may now apply for disaster relief. Residents / business owners may apply for FEMA relief by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), by registering on the web - (look for the registration banner) or at a FEMA mobile registration site. The dates, times and locations of this mobile registration site will be announced shortly. Please remember that FEMA assistance is primarily through low interest loans.

If is important that anyone looking for assistance follow the process through to its conclusion. In the past some people have "dropped out" fearing they will not be eligible for a low interest loan. You must apply for the loan, and then if you are turned down, you may be eligible for a grant - you will not be eligible for a grant if you do not apply for the loan first.

Additionally, if you filled out an Ulster County damage assessment form and turned it in to your town officials, you MUST still register with FEMA. The local damage assessment was simply to gather enough data to get us to this point. Now the formal FEMA registration process begins.

Thursday, May 03, 2007


There will be an applicant's briefing for local municipalities, school districts, hospitals, emergency services agencies and certain non-profits that experienced in excess of $1,000 worth of expenses during the April 14-18 flood. This briefing is NOT for the general public, businesses or farmers. The public assistance program briefing will consist of an overview of the program, documentation describing eligible costs will be distributed, record keeping, processing procedures, field surveys and required certifications. Officials most familiar with emergency response and infrastructure related expenses should attend. The briefing will be held in the Legislative Chambers of the UC Office Building at 10 AM on Thursday May 10.