FEMA is going door to door spreading the word about disaster declaration and assistance in the Hudson Valley. As YNN’s Alexandra Weishaupt tells us, the community relations specialists are pounding the pavement in Orange, Sullivan, Ulster and Putnam counties.
WURTSBORO, N.Y. — FEMA went door to door in Sullivan County on Saturday. The Community Relations Specialists were aiming to reach out to those whose homes have been severely damaged by Sandy.
"1,453 people have so much on their mind thinking to call FEMA is not in their thoughts. They are trying to think how to get into a safe an sanitary home which is what FEMA will do when you register," said Anne Waggoner, FEMA spokesperson.
Matthew Morreale's home now has a tree resting on its roof that was uprooted when Sandy struck. He was without power for six days and says dealing with his insurance company hasn't been easy. He says he's going to register for FEMA aid and see if he's eligible
"It’s nice knowing there are options, more options than just your insurance company," he said.
If homeowners aren’t around, FEMA is leaving yellow flyers with disaster aid information, urging folks to take advantage.
"Once you’re registered they are going to walk you through every step of the process to get aid from FEMA or help from local charities," Waggoner said.
Once President Obama granted Governor Cuomo’s request for federal individual assistance aid in parts of the Hudson Valley, FEMA got to work, and they continue to cover ground to help as many victims as possible
"Seventeen people need help and they don’t really know where to turn at this time and when they see a FEMA person come up they know that some sort of help is on its way and that’s why we do it," Waggoner said.