UPDATE: The FEMA van will be there until 7 p.m. today, November 11, and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow, November 12.
Supervisor Frank Petrone announces that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Individual Assistance Van will be at Town Hall on Sunday, November 11 and Monday, November 12 to offer advice, help homeowners determine if they are eligible for Hurricane Sandy disaster assistance, and to aid with the necessary paperwork.
The van will be at the Jackson Avenue side of Town Hall, which is located at 100 Main Street, Huntington, from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.
FEMA’s website defines disaster assistance as “financial or direct assistance to individuals and families whose property has been damaged or destroyed as a result of a federally-declared disaster, and whose losses are not covered by insurance. It is meant to help you with critical expenses that cannot be covered in other ways. This assistance is not intended to restore your damaged property to its condition before the disaster.”
FEMA suggests that before visiting the van, homeowners visit the website www.disasterassistance.gov to learn about the various types of aid available and basic eligibility guidelines.
In other storm-related actions, Supervisor Petrone anounced that the Town-operated shelter at the Village Green Center will close at 8 p.m. today, Saturday, November 10, as a result of a dramatic drop in the number of individuals using the shelter as residents find places to stay with family and friends. The eight warming centers operated by a coalition of the Town, social services agencies and local houses of worship will remain open.
Additionally, the Veterans Day wreath-laying ceremony originally scheduled for Sunday, November 11 has been cancelled.