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LABOR DEPT. ANNOUNCES $226,000 IN DISASTER RELIEF FOR NEW YORKERS
Other Needs Assistance Funding Sent to Victims of Hurricane Ivan

Albany, NY (December 10, 2004) - State Labor Commissioner Linda Angello today announced that New York State has secured more than $226,000 in federal funding to help New Yorkers with serious disaster-related needs and necessary expenses not covered by insurance or other federal assistance programs. The funding has been mailed to individuals who are eligible for Other Needs Assistance (ONA) under the Individuals and Household Program (IHP).

“I commend Governor Pataki for acting so quickly to secure this funding for New York State’s storm victims,” said Commissioner Angello. “Ensuring that our State’s families meet their everyday needs is imperative, and I am confident that by working together, we will soon put this tremendously stressful ordeal behind us.”

Disaster victims in the counties of Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster who suffered damage and losses as a result of Tropical Depression Ivan, and have registered for disaster assistance may use disaster funds for the following:

  • Repairing or replacing damaged and destroyed personal property NOT covered by insurance. This property may include clothing, household items such as furniture and appliances, specialized tools used for employment, and clean-up items.
  • Repairing and/or replacing an individual’s primary means of transportation or for the increased cost of using public transportation.
  • Moving and storage expenses.
  • Medical and dental expenses incurred as a direct result of the disaster.
  • Other disaster-related needs.

Theodore Monette, Federal Coordinating Officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency said, “Disaster relief helps alleviate hardships and suffering. Receiving these funds will provide basic needs for those on the road to recovery.”

James W. Tuffey, Director of the State Emergency Management Office and State Coordinating Officer for this disaster said, “While we continue to do everything we can to assist in the recovery effort, we urge people to take a simple step to help themselves. If anyone has suffered losses during these storms not covered by insurance, they should call the FEMA toll-free registration number.”

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability or economic status.

Individuals affected by the disaster can still apply for assistance by calling the toll-free registration number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing- and speech-impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week until further notice. Individuals with Internet access have the option to register at www.fema.gov.