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New York Remnants of Hurricane Ida

NEW YORK HURRICANE IDA 2021

Disaster Legal Hotline: (888)-399-5459

Remnants of Hurricane Ida hit areas of New York from September 1, 2021 to September 3, 2021On September 5, 2021, a Major Disaster Declaration was issued for the state of New York, making federal funding available to individuals and households who sustained damage as a result of Hurricane Ida. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. People in the following counties are eligible to receive federal disaster assistance. Additional areas may be designated later. Please check here for updates.

  • Bronx
  • Dutchess†
  • Kings
  • Nassau*
  • Queens
  • Richmond
  • Rockland***
  • Suffolk**
  • Westchester

*Nassau County was added on September 11, 2021.

**Suffolk County was added on September 12, 2021.

***Rockland County was added on September 24, 2021.

†Dutchess County was added on October 20, 2021.

For this disaster (DR-4615), assistance for affected individuals and families is available and people are urged to apply through FEMA.

Disaster Number: 4615

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

FEMA Application Deadline Extended to Monday, December 6, 2021
Appeal Your FEMA Decision If you would like to appeal FEMA's determination on assistance, you have 60 days from the date on the determination letter to do so.

Key resources for those impacted by this disaster

GOVERNMENT DISASTER RELIEF BENEFITS

Residents and businesses affected by this disaster can apply for government disaster relief benefits in several ways:

  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov
  • On the FEMA Mobile App,
  • Text “DRC” and a zip code to 43362 (4FEMA) to locate a Disaster Recovery Center in your area (standard message and data rates apply), or by
  • Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern Time, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available. Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages. 
  • For official news and press releases related to this disaster, please visit FEMA's News & Updates section
  • Note: Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process.
  • Download this quick guide for an overview on the disaster assistance process.

LEGAL ASSISTANCE AND RESOURCES

  •   Low-income survivors facing legal issues may call (888)-399-5459 to learn of the available civil legal resources in their area. The automated hotline is not staffed by individuals, but recorded messages will direct callers to legal resources where they can reach a live contact. The hotline is available 24/7 and callers can leave a message any time.
    • Click here for the full press release. Individuals who qualify for assistance will be matched with New York lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal limited help.
  • A LEGAL AID HOTLINE is now available for survivors in New York who cannot pay for an attorney: call (888)-399-5459.
  • DISABILITY AND DISASTER HOTLINE: 1-800-626-4959
    • The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies hosts this hotline that provides information, referrals, guidance, technical assistance and resources to people with disabilities, their families, allies, organizations assisting disaster impacted individuals with disabilities and others seeking assistance with immediate and urgent disaster-related needs. The Disaster Hotline is always available for intake calls, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You may also email info@disasterstrategies.org for assistance.
  • For legal assistance and other helpful recovery information, you can visit:  
    • The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) has been the voice of the legal profession in New York state for more than 140 years. Its mission is to shape the development of law, educate and inform the public, and respond to the demands of our diverse and ever changing legal profession. NYSBA advocates for state and federal legislation and works tirelessly to promote equal access to justice for all.
    • Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV) is a non-profit law firm that provides free, high quality counsel in civil matters for individuals and families who cannot afford to pay an attorney when their basic human needs are at stake. These include urgent legal needs such as: housing emergencies (eviction and foreclosure prevention), domestic violence (orders of protection, child custody, etc.), healthcare, disability and benefits, elder law, consumer fraud and more. LSHV serves low income individuals and families in the seven (7) counties that make up the Hudson Valley (Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Ulster, and Sullivan).
    • Nassau Suffolk Law Services is a non-profit law firm that provides free legal assistance in civil (non-criminal) matters to people with low incomes or disabilities throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Established in 1966, NSLS was one of the first Legal Services Corporation programs in New York State.
    • The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC), the largest division of the City Bar Fund which is the nonprofit affiliate of the New York City Bar Association, furthers access to justice by addressing unmet civil legal needs of New Yorkers struggling with poverty and systemic socioeconomic barriers. CBJC mobilizes law firms, corporate legal departments, and other legal institutions to provide pro bono legal services; educates the public on pertinent legal issues; fosters strategic community relationships; and impacts public policy. CBJC’s dozen civil justice projects, including the largest civil legal hotline in New York, are led by a staff of dedicated attorneys and professionals who provide high-quality civil legal services through brief advice and information, referrals, and both limited scope and extended representation that benefit over 24,000 New Yorkers each year.
    • Legal Services NYC, the nation’s largest provider of free civil legal services, fights poverty and seeks racial, social, and economic justice for low-income New Yorkers. For over 50 years, LSNYC has challenged systemic injustices that trap people in poverty and helped clients meet basic needs for housing, income and economic security, family and immigration stability, education, and health care. With deep roots in the communities we serve, LSNYC's staff of 600 people serve more than 112,000 New Yorkers annually, providing top-notch free legal help during times of need, including the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters, to ensure that New Yorkers and their families have access to the services, resources, and protections they need to survive.
    • United Policyholders (UP) is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) consumer advocacy group that specializes in helping disaster victims with insurance claim issues. UP also trains case managers and legal aid lawyers to assist clients with insurance and recovery matters. For help with flood, wind, hurricane, and auto insurance questions.
    • ABA Disaster Legal Services Program: Through the Disaster Legal Services Program, the ABA Young Lawyers Division (ABA-YLD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provide immediate temporary legal assistance to disaster survivors at no charge. Please visit their page here for other disaster recovery resources.
    • FloodProof App: Proving you own your home is necessary to qualify for FEMA, SBA loans, or other disaster rebuilding funds. The Flood Proof app helps users get their documents and information in order and connects those that qualify with free legal help.
  • If you need to appeal a FEMA denial on your own, please see here to get an interactive form to appeal and letter requesting a copy of your file.

  • For Frequently Asked Questions about FEMA appeals, please click here.
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest on the News page.
  • Help After a Disaster: FEMA's Guide for the Individual Applicants
  • You might get a call about applying for an SBA loan.  Listen!
  • Do you need help understanding the FEMA application and appeals process? Click here to download "Figuring Out FEMA," a friendly guide that explains FEMA's general disaster relief assistance process. 

OTHER RESOURCES THAT CAN HELP

ARE YOU AN ATTORNEY WHO CAN HELP? 

  • Familiarize yourself with the resources and trainings available at https://www.disasterlegalaid.org/trainings/.
  • Bookmark United Policyholder's (UP) website and resources, including the Roadmap to Recovery and Advocacy and Action. UP's mission is to be a trustworthy and useful information resource and an effective voice for consumers of all types of insurance in all 50 states.
  • Consider joining the National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center to connect with other attorneys and advocates responding to natural disasters. The Center offers monthly training calendar emails, specialized advocacy resources, a member roster, and discussion lists you can sign up for.