September 09, 2009

Gillibrand: Western New Yorkers Have Two Months To Apply For Federal Disaster Aid

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today alerted residents and businesses in Chautauqua, Erie and Cattaraugus Counties that they must apply for federal assistance in the next two months in order to be eligible for federal aid. Western New Yorkers who suffered damage from the flooding in August must register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) by November 4. For a low-interest loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), applications for a Physical Loan are due by November 3 or an Economic Injury Loan by June 4.

"Western New York homeowners and small businesses were hit hard by the devastating summer storms," Senator Gillibrand said. "Individual Assistance will go a long way to provide the aid necessary to help our community get back on their feet."

In August, Western New York was hit hard by severe storms that destroyed homes and businesses throughout Chautauqua, Erie and Cattaraugus Counties. Last week FEMA agreed to provide both Individual Assistance and Public Assistance.

FEMA Individual Assistance is available for those whose homes that were damaged in the August floods. Such aid includes temporary housing, repair, and construction. The maximum aid amount is $30,300 per household for damages not covered by insurance.

The FEMA Public Assistance program provides assistance to State and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.

To register for FEMA assistance, residents can call (800)-621-3362. The hearing impaired can call via TTY (800) 462-7585. Both lines are open Monday through Sunday, 7 AM to 1 AM.  Registration may be completed online at

The SBA provides low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, businesses and organizations to repair or replace property, equipment, inventory and business assets that were damaged in a disaster. Registration may be completed online at

If anyone needs additional assistance, they can contact Senator Gillibrand's office at 716-854-9725.