ALBANY, N.Y. - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is stepping in to help Westchester residents affected by Hurricane Sandy.
FEMA is providing disaster assistance to New York residents, state and federal officials announced Saturday.
"Registering is an important way to help get you on the path to a variety of recovery programs," said Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Byrne, in a press release. "We're urging people with hurricane-related damages in federally declared disaster areas to apply as soon as possible." The major federal disaster declaration, signed Tuesday by President Barack Obama, offers individual assistance in Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester counties, according to the release. Disaster survivors have several ways to apply. Residents are asked to call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- and hearing-impaired. If you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. Another option is to register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or via web-enabled phone or tablet at m.fema.gov. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily until further notice.