A new FEMA disaster assistance center is now open for Town of Babylon residents at the Lindenhurst Memorial Library , located at One Lee Avenue.
According to Suffolk County officials in a release and on its Facebook page , the library was among several through the County that have opened.
Officials said representatives will be at either a readily accessible facility or a mobile office at these locations, including the LML, where applicants could go for information about Federal Emergency Management Agency or other disaster assistance programs, or for questions related to their case.
FEMA representatives will be on hand, they said, to assist residents in filling out applications, and answer any questions and provide lists of resources.
Small Business representatives, as well as County representatives from the offices of the Department of Health, Economic Development, Labor, Social Services, and Transitional Housing, would also be available.
The library also posted this information on its website here , which hosted FEMA reps, as well as Babylon Town community relations reps, earlier this week.
The LML said for the weekend of November 9 to 11 representatives from several agencies would be at the library, listing them with links: FEMA, NYS Department of Health, NYS Office of Children and Family Services, NYS Homes and Community Renewal Department, Department of Public Works, Social Security, Department of Labor, Department of Social Services, Department of Economic Development and Planning, Department of Motor Vehicle, Suffolk County Executive's Office, Small Business Development Center and American Red Cross.
"Times will vary. Please call us before coming down: 631-957-7755," the LML website noted.
Library officials also extended its hours on Friday, November 9, until 9 p.m., offering charging stations, Internet access and free WiFi.
And on the LML's Facebook page officials added, "FEMA is planning on being here 8 a.m. to 8 p.m, this weekend, today to Sunday. All of the NYS departments are also planning on being here. For more information please call us: 631-957-7755. FEMA will also be here Monday, November 12, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Red Cross and the NYS Office of Mental Health: Crisis Division is here for all your questions and concerns."
The library also posted information on its Twitter feed, @LindenhurstLib .
Additionally the LML posted a link on its website for a Hurricane Sandy Local Information and Resources Packet.
Help from FEMA
Suffolk County officials further outlined the help available through FEMA:
Housing: In collaboration with FEMA, County Executive Steve Bellone has established a Countywide Housing Taskforce that'll identify local housing needs for individuals and families impacted by the disaster and coordinate with available housing resources.
Rental Assistance Subsidy: In addition, as part of the effort to ensure that families and individuals get the support they need, FEMA has increased the amount of rental assistance that it may provide to eligible disaster survivors in New York and New Jersey, including Suffolk County. Rental support, previously based on existing HUD Fair Market Rates (FMR) for fiscal year 2013 has been increased 25 percent. This increased rental subsidy is expected to make additional rental resources in affected areas available for temporary housing for disaster affected families.
Here are the FMR for fiscal year 2013, which are based on family size, along with the increases as per 25 percent increase announced by FEMA:
- One bedroom: $1,285 increased to $1,606.
- Two bedrooms: $1,583 increased to $1,978.
- Three bedrooms: $2,058 increased to $2,572.
- Four bedrooms: $2,370 increased to $2,962.
Information Needed to Apply
Whether applying online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov from your computer or smartphone, or over the phone through a FEMA call center, you should have a pen and paper and the following information ready:
- Social Security number.
- Current and pre-disaster address.
- A telephone number where you can be contacted.
- Insurance information.
- Total household annual income.
- A routing and account number from your bank (only necessary if you want to have disaster assistance funds transferred directly into your bank account); your bank routing number is located on the lower left side of your bank checks immediately before your account number.
- A description of your losses that were caused by the disaster.
After completing an application for assistance, candidates will be given a FEMA application number. Write down this number and keep it for future reference.
In order to be eligible for FEMA Rental Assistance residents must answer “yes” to when asked if wanting to relocate. Note relocation can be many things, including placing a trailer on your own property for temporary housing.
For more information, contact FEMA at 800-621-FEMA (3362).