Hurricane Aid Deadline Extended

Good news for those affected by Hurricane Irene! Additional time has been permitted to apply for federal aid to cover losses. The
deadline to register for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and
Small Business Administration (SBA) assistance has now been extended to
Nov. 30.

Having disaster
aid can provide relief for temporary housing or essential home repairs
and other disaster-related expenses not covered under your insurance policy. Also available to homeowners, renters and business owners are low-interest disaster loans that could replace personal property. If your still suffering from the effects of the hurricane any relief is better then none.

Currently, FEMA has approved $138 million in post-hurricane aid so far. SBA has approved $46 million in disaster loans.

If you are looking to take advantage of the extended deadline, there are a couple of ways to register. You can either go to the web sites www.disasterassistance.gov
or www.fema.gov, or call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362. You can call them anytime between 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. -they also have multilingual operators available.

As a side note, it would probably be wise to start thinking about prevention next time a major weather storm like this occurs – such as coverage options on your homeowners policy, and flood insurance especially!!

-Robert Catalano