gurvinder – UNITED SIKHS Blog https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog Recognize The Human Race As One Fri, 01 Sep 2017 23:45:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Thousands Evacuated as Hurricane Isaac engulfs Louisiana and the Gulf Coast https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2012/08/thousands-evacuated-as-hurricane-isaac-engulfs-louisiana-and-the-gulf-coast/ Fri, 31 Aug 2012 17:20:51 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1599 Thousands Evacuated as Hurricane Isaac engulfs Louisiana and the Gulf Coast
Aug 31st, 2012, 16th Bhadon (Samvat 544 Nanakshahi

Highlights

• UNITED SIKHS is looking for volunteers to assist victims of Hurricane Isaac
• Thousands of people have been rendered homeless, thousands are without power,  thousands are surviving with little or none to eat. Please help us make a substantive change and donate generously to the UNITED SIKHS Hurricane Isaac Relief Fund.
• Hurricane and storm warnings stretch across Louisiana , Florida, Mississippi and Alabama.  New Orleans residents note unexpected flooding patterns
• UNITED SIKHS – UMEED sets up Disaster Support Helpline for victims of Issac at 1-855-878-6333

New Orleans, Lousiana:  President Barack Obama has declared federal emergencies for Louisiana and Mississippi as Hurricane Isaac has left hundreds of thousands without power and its path of devastation has left many stranded. UNITED SIKHS Emergency Response Team (US-ERT) encourages everyone in the affected regions to take the necessary precautions and prepare for local flooding as fallen trees and debris are causing property damage and power outages. UNITED SIKHS is working with governmental agencies to assist with the response and recovery. For information on what to do in case a Hurricane strikes visit http://ready.gov/hurricanes.

Thousands of people have been rendered homeless, thousands are without power, thousands are surviving with little or none to eat. Please help us make a substantive change and donate generously to the UNITED SIKHS Hurricane Isaac Relief Fund.
The hardened conditions have caused cancellation of blood drives which is projected to cause a shortage of blood products in the affected areas. All eligible donors in parts of the region affected by Isaac are encouraged to call 1-800-RED CROSS or UNITED SIKHS.

There is an immediate need for volunteers with experience in:
1) shelter supervision
2) preparation of hot-meals
3) distribution of relief items
4) trauma counseling

The UNITED SIKHS Sikh AID team has initiated a discovery process and the current requirements are being assessed. If you want to become a part of the SIKH AID Team please write to sikhaid@unitedsikhs.org and fill up the volunteer form available here.
US ERT and UMEED, a UNITED SIKHS National Family Resource center with a 24 hour helpline – 1-855-US-UMEED (1-855-878-6333) also provides additional services which include disaster support services, Family Services, Educational support programs and financial services. Please help US-ERT support the people effected by Issac. Donate generously by clicking here.

To speak to a UNITED SIKHS representative directly, please visit http://unitedsikhs.org/contact.php
to find an office near you.                                                          
Issued By:
Gurvinder Singh, Director
Chief Response Officer
UNITED SIKHS AID
Tel: 1-646-688-3525;1-888-243-1690
http://www.unitedsikhs.org


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Wisconsin Sikh Community shattered – Another Sikh Man Shot and Killed https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2012/08/wisconsin-sikh-community-shattered-another-sikh-man-shot-and-killed/ https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2012/08/wisconsin-sikh-community-shattered-another-sikh-man-shot-and-killed/#comments Sat, 18 Aug 2012 16:46:17 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1525 17th Aug, 2012, Milwaukee, Wisconsin: The Sikh Community has not yet recovered from the tragic shooting on Aug 5th, 2012 at Oak Creek Gurdwara sahib, when the news of another shooting shattered the community. Dalbir Singh, 56, was shot and killed on Wednesday night while closing his store at north-side neighborhood market in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

 Initial reports indicate that Dalbir Singh was shot and killed in an attempted robbery at his store. The Milwaukee police department is saying that the investigation is currently ongoing but there is no evidence that it is a hate crime case.  “Dalbir Singh was  a practising Sikh who used to visit the Gurdwara at Oak Creek almost every day where on August 5th, a white supremacist, Wade Michael Page, opened fire and killed six Sikhs and one critically wounded. On that fatal day Dalbir didn’t visit the Gurdwara but fate had something else in works that has shocked the community once again”, said Harcharn Singh Gill.
Does our Identity make us easy targets for robberies and assaults, is a question that UNITED SIKHS is asking the law authorities. On 30th March, in Las Vegas, Amandeep Kaur’s husband, a 31-year-old businessman Amanpreet Singh, the father of their two-year-old and four-year-old sons, was robbed, shot and killed while making a deposit at the Wells Fargo bank branch near Eastern and Sunset. No one has been arrested till today. There are scores of such incidents that have taken place.

The UNITED SIKHS emergency response team (on the ground in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) comprises of trained professionals in counseling while addressing individual concerns of those impacted by these incidents. There are still many who continue to struggle in silence. To address this concern and to prepare the community, in case such tragic events repeat themselves, our editorial team in collaboration with top trauma specialists have prepared this self training manual. UNITED SIKHS recommends that community members and Gurdwaras go through this self training manual. 

Please feel free to call UMEED (a national family resource center), launched by UNITED SIKHS with a 24 hour, toll free, helpline at 1-855-US-UMEED (1-855-878-6333). This helpline provides confidential and professional counselling to all members of the community.

Hate Crime is a serious issue that impacts us all and we must all join to BEAT it.
To Carry out your Pledge against Hate Crime, we urge you to do the following NOW:
Join “I Pledge Against Hate Crime” at www.facebook.com/IPledgeAgainstHateCrime and follow us on twitter @No2HateCrime
 
Add the “I Pledge Against Hate Crime” logo on your own facebooks . 
 
Organize vigils and notify us at vigil@unitedsikhs.org so we may publicise the events.
 
 Write a letter to the President of the USA and submit the letter in person or by post to the White House or at an American Embassy near where you live. Click here for a template letter, which you should print, complete, sign and submit.

Please like us or give your comments on twitter @No2HateCrime and facebook www.facebook.com/IPledgeAgainstHateCrime.

We will continue to update the community on the latest developments. Let’s pray together for the innocent victims in this hour of crisis.
To speak to a UNITED SIKHS representative directly, please visit http://unitedsikhs.org/contact.php  to find an office near you.
Issued by:
Jatinder Singh
Director
UNITED SIKHS: 1-510-421-0538 | 1-888-243-1690 | 1-646-688-3525 contact@unitedsikhs.org

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REAL PEOPLE, REAL PAIN, REAL SEVA https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2012/08/1523/ Sat, 18 Aug 2012 16:34:24 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1523 Date: 18th August, 2012 | 3rd Bhadon (Samvat 543 Nanakshahi)

REAL PEOPLE, REAL PAIN, REAL SEVA. DONATE GENEROUSLY TO THE HATE CRIME VICTIM FUND

Milwaukee, Wisconsin: “I lost my only support when I lost my husband. We keep remembering him and crying all day. I do not know how I will live the rest of my life,” these are the touching words of the wife of Seeta Singh, a Sikh who lost his life on August 5th, 2012  in the fatal shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. His family was everything for him.

These anguish filled words mobilized the UNITED SIKHS team to visit their families in India and give them immediate monetary aid to help with their daily expenses. Rs 50,000 each has been given to the families of Bhai Seeta Singh, Bhai Ranjit Singh and Sardar Punjab Singh.

In an attempt to keep this as an ongoing effort, UNITED SIKHS has established a Hate Crime Victims Fund. The funds collected here will be dispersed for the immediate needs of the affected families and for resources to eradicate Hate Crime. Please make a donation so these families can make ends meet despite the loss of their loved ones.  To donate, click here.

 

           
UNITED SIKHS members delivering check to Seeta Singh’s family members Seeta Singh’ family members

 


SEETA SINGH: 
UNITED SIKHS’ team met Seeta Singh’s family members at his home in Chand Nagar, New Delhi. Seeta Singh was one of the Kirtanias (preachers) who was killed on Aug 5th at the Wisconsin Gurdwara along with 6 others. A check of Rs 50,000 was given in Surinder Kaurs name, wife of Seeta Singh by Daljit Singh, Director of UNITED SIKHS India. Seeta Singh is survived by his wife Surinder Kaur and four children, Sarabjit Kaur -19 years, Harmit Singh- 18 years, Kamaljit Kaur -10 years and Jasbir Singh – 8 years.

As per Rajinder Kaur, sister-in-law of Seeta Singh, “Seeta ji was not only a preacher but an activist. My children were also trained by him in Gurbani and Kirtan and he was instrumental towards their spiritual growth. My children’s education was also funded by him.”  Two hours before he was shot, he spoke to his wife and children and said that he would call again after the service was over at Gurdwara Saheb in Wisconsin. But fate had it otherwise, as Seeta Singh will never be able to make that call!

 

           
Check given in the name of Kulwant Kaur, wife of  Punjab Singh who is battling between life and death Punjab Singh’ photo at his family home

 

PUNJAB SINGH: Punjab Singh, another victim of the tragedy, is battling between life and death in Milwaukee. His wife, Kulwant Kaur, is waiting to get a visa. A check of Rs 50,000 was given to Kulwant Kaur. She stated, “May Waheguru save his life and I ask all of you to pray for him. We need immediate help, I have to reach the United States to see my husband.” UNITED SIKHS has reached out to the US Consulate in India to assist in this matter.

 

           
UNITED SIKHS volunteers delivering check to Ranjit Singh’s family members Some of Ranjit Singh’s family members left behind

RANJIT SINGH: Lokinder Kaur, wife of shaheed Ranjit Singh, elder brother of Seeta Singh was also given a cheque of Rs 50,000 in India. It was received by Nitin Rajput, the son-in-law of Ranjit Singh. As per the information provided by son-in-law, Ranjit Singh’s wife’s name is Lokinder Kaur. They have one son and two daughters – Gurvinder Singh (Golu) – 14 year old who is studying in ninth standard in Vikas Puri, New Delhi; Rajvinder Kaur (Rajji) – 22 year daughter & is married; Jaspreet Kaur (Preeti) married to Nitin Rajput.  Ranjit Singh was the Granthi at the Gurdwara Saheb in Wisconsin. The family members are in shock due to the happenings at Wisconsin Gurudwara. The last telephonic conversation was held a day before the incident in which they had a routine talk regarding health and when he intended to return to India.

The UNITED SIKHS team constituted of volunteers Harpreet Singh, Charanjit  Singh, Avtar Singh, Daljit Singh and Daljeet Singh. All the families are in dire need of support and immediate monetary assistance is required.

UNITED SIKHS continues to support the lives of those impacted directly and is also assisting the trauma victims on the ground through their national hotline number: 1-855-US-UMEED.

 If you feel you have been a target of a bias based crime/ incident, please report it here

 

To speak to a UNITED SIKHS representative directly, please visit http://unitedsikhs.org/contact.php
to find an office near you.
                                                                  

 

Issued By:
Manvinder Singh, Director
International Civil and Human Rights Advocacy
UNITED SIKHS
Tel: 1-646-688-3525;1-888-243-1690
http://www.unitedsikhs.org

 

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No one should be punished for seeking UN help to defend human rights https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2011/10/no-one-should-be-punished-for-seeking-un-help-to-defend-human-rights/ Tue, 18 Oct 2011 00:07:35 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1170 No one should be punished for seeking UN help to defend human rights“The UN exists to serve those in whose name it was conceived … “WE THE PEOPLES”
Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General

HIGH-LEVEL panel discussion

 “Stopping reprisals for cooperating with the UN in the field of human rights – a priority for all”

FRIDAY, 21 OCTOBER 2011, 13:00 – 15:00

 Conference Room 4

You are cordially invited to attend a discussion by eminent panellists with various and complementary experiences and perspectives on ways to address this worrying practice.

Participants:

Mr. Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General

Ms. Navi Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights

H.E. Ambassador Klara Breuer, Chief of Cabinet of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Hungary

Mrs. Mehr Khan Williams, Chair of the Board of the International Service for Human Rights

Mrs. Margaret Sekaggya, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders

Mr. Philip Alston, former Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions

 

The side-event is organised by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights with the support of the Government of Hungary

Refreshments will be provided

 

 

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Hurricane Irene Update: Fema to open State and federal Disaster Recovery Centers in Kings, Queens, Bronx, and Richmond Counties of New York https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2011/09/hurricane-irene-update-fema-to-open-state-and-federal-disaster-recovery-centers-in-kings-queens-bronx-and-richmond-counties-of-new-york/ https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2011/09/hurricane-irene-update-fema-to-open-state-and-federal-disaster-recovery-centers-in-kings-queens-bronx-and-richmond-counties-of-new-york/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2011 14:30:45 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1116

Sep 22, 2011, New York, NY: Fema to open State and federal Disaster Recovery Centers in Kings, Queens, Bronx, and Richmond Counties of New York.  Attached below is a Press Release released by FEMA which provides this information. These centers, which will be open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Read below for more information-

NEW YORK, N.Y. – State and federal Disaster Recovery Centers are set to open in four of the city’s five boroughs on Monday September 26, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials. The state and FEMA have already opened similar facilities throughout the areas of New York state hit by Hurricane Irene to assist individuals, households and businesses of any size affected by the storm.

 

The centers, which will be open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will operate at the following locations from September 26 through October 7:

 

Kings County

Brooklyn College, 2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Bronx County

Bronx Borough Hall, 851 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY

Queens County

Dept. of Finance-Financial Business Center, 144-06 94th Street, Jamaica, NY

Richmond County

Staten Island Armory, 321 Manor Road, Staten Island, NY

 

The centers will be staffed with disaster-recovery specialists who can provide information and answer questions about hurricane-related assistance, according to FEMA and state officials.

“Before visiting a recovery center, I strongly recommend people seeking assistance, to register with FEMA ,” said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Philip E. Parr. “Having spoken with or contacted state or local officials does not count. You must first register with FEMA in order to apply for help.”

Registration is quick and simple, Parr said. By phone, call the FEMA registration line at

800-621-3362. For those with speech or hearing disabilities, use the TTY number,

800-462-7585. Applicants can also register online at http://globalmessaging2.prnewswire.com/clickthrough/servlet/clickthrough?msg_id=6996392&adr_order=3&url=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5EaXNhc3RlckFzc2lzdGFuY2UuZ292“>www.DisasterAssistance.gov or with any

web-enabled mobile device or smartphone at m.fema.gov. Follow the link to “apply online for federal assistance.”


Information needed when registering with FEMA includes the address of the damaged property, names of those living in the household, a general description of the damage, the Social Security Account number of any family member living in the home, the extent of insurance coverage and  other information needed to expedite the process.

New York state agencies will join FEMA to provide services to the public at the centers. These include, but are not limited to: information about state disaster aid and help for unemployed persons and displaced workers as the result of the hurricane; information for senior citizens about state-funded programs; access to forms and services pertaining to motor-vehicle issues; coordination and assistance with any needs for daycare services; and access to MyBenefits pre-screening tool. Representatives of these and other agencies will participate as determined by need.

Also on hand at the Disaster Recovery Centers will be specialists from the Small Business Administration (SBA) who can explain the low-interest loan packages available to individuals, nonprofits and businesses of any size. These loans are for the repair or replacement of real estate and/or personal property damaged by the storm and related flooding, officials said.  People who register with FEMA may be sent a loan application from the SBA.

FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for transportation, medical and dental, and funeral expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. Applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA to be eligible for FEMA assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement and moving and storage expenses.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.


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The above update is provided by UNITED SIKHS AID project.

For more information, please contact-
Gurvinder Singh|Sikh AID Director|1-469-222-6288|gurvinder.singh@unitedsikhs.org

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Hurricane Irene Update: Disaster Assistance Resource Guide https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2011/09/hurricane-irene-update-disaster-assistance-resource-guide/ https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2011/09/hurricane-irene-update-disaster-assistance-resource-guide/#comments Wed, 21 Sep 2011 14:36:27 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1112  Sep 201, New York, NY:  To help people locate assistance for needs caused by Hurricane Irene.  2-1-1 Adirondack Region is responsible for updating and distribution of the Disaster Assistance Resource Guide, Adirondack Region.  For up-to-date information on this guide, visit www.hudson211.org (updated daily). 

INTRODUCTION

This resource guide is intended to help people locate assistance for needs caused by Hurricane Irene.  2-1-1 Adirondack Region is responsible for updating and distribution of this guide. All suggestions, corrections, and information on how to make this a better resource for both victims of disaster and helping organizations that serve them are welcomed and should be sent to 2-1-1 via LMathew@uwwp.org. Please note that this guide is organized by general services, by county, and in certain circumstances, by town or city.

 RECOVERY SERVICES: Programs & Agencies

 If you have been affected by Hurricane Irene in the Adirondack, please dial 2-1-1 or 1-888-774-0289 to find out what disaster related services are available in your area, 8 am – 8 pm, 365 days a year. In addition, 2-1-1 provides comprehensive information and referral services to the Adirondack Region or visit www.hudson211.org for up-to-date information.

American Red Cross Assistance

American Red Cross relief focuses on meeting the immediate emergency disaster-caused needs of individuals and families.

Adirondack Region (Clinton, Essex & Franklin): (518) 561-7280

American Red Cross National Hotline: (866)-GET-INFO (866-438-4636)

American Red Cross Blood Services: (800)-REDCROSS (800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org

FINANCIAL BENEFITS 

FEMA ASSISTANCE

FEMA provides funding and assistance to local residents (renters and homeowners) and businesses who have sustained loss of or damage to property that is not covered by insurance. Contact your insurance company first: If you are NOT covered for the storm damage by your insurance company, you may be eligible for federal aid. You will need to obtain a letter from your insurance company saying you are not covered for damage from the storm.

The aid is available to citizens, non-citizen nationals, and qualified aliens. Qualified aliens include those with legal permanent residence (shown by green cards). Their status will not be jeopardized by requesting disaster assistance.

A minor child who is a citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien can have a parent or guardian who is not eligible apply for assistance on the child’s behalf. No information will be gathered on the adult’s status.

The status of qualified alien includes:

ü     legal permanent residents (those with green cards),

ü     those with refugee or asylum status,

ü     those whose deportation has been withheld,

ü     those on parole into the U.S. for at least one year for humanitarian purposes,

ü     those with conditional entry,

ü     those who are Cuban-Haitian entrants,

ü     and those with petitions for relief based on battery or extreme cruelty by a family member.

The application for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requires applicants to certify that they are either citizens, non-citizen nationals or qualified aliens. FEMA conducts random audits of applications to verify U.S. citizenship and qualified alien documentation issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. However, assistance can be given as long as someone in the household is entitled to it, and no information will be gathered regarding the status of others in the household.

 Individual Assistance (IA): Assistance to individuals and households which will allow them to file for federal assistance. Applications can be submitted by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or filing on-line by logging onto www.disasterassistance.gov. Hearing impaired individuals using TTY may call 1-800-462-7585.These phone lines are available from 7 AM to 10 PM seven days a week until further notice.

Counties eligible for Individual Assistance

  • Clinton
  • Essex

 

In addition, it is recommended to have the following information ready when applying for assistance:

 

  • Your Social Security number
  • Current and pre-disaster address.
  • A description of your losses that were caused by the disaster.
  • Insurance information.
  • Directions to your damaged property.
  • A telephone number where you can be contacted.
  • Total household annual income
  • A routing and account number from your bank (only necessary if you want to have disaster assistance funds transferred directly into your bank account).
  • After you’ve completed your application for assistance, you will receive a FEMA application number. Write down this number and keep it for future reference.

FEMA Assistance for Immigrant Families

FEMA helps the household, therefore if anyone in the household qualifies (a child born on the US, or a parent with a green card), then the family would qualify for help.

Post-Application Process:

If an inspection is required to process your application, an inspector will contact you to make an appointment to visit your property and assess the damage about 10 days after your application has been filed.

Within about 10 days of the inspector’s visit, you will receive a letter from FEMA informing you of the decision on your request for help. FEMA will mail you a copy of your application and an applicant’s guide that will answer many of your questions.

If you are eligible for help, the letter will be followed by a U.S. Treasury/State check or there will be a transfer of cash to your bank account. The letter will explain what the money can be used to pay for. You should use the money given to you as explained in the letter.

  • If you are not eligible for help, the letter will give the reason for the decision. You will be informed of your appeal rights in the letter from FEMA.

What to do if FEMA Assistance is denied:

A denial letter does not necessarily mean that an applicant is ineligible for assistance. It may mean that the information provided is incomplete. Make sure that clients have submitted sufficient documentation of identity, ownership and disaster damage. Complete and return the US Small Business Administration loan application. For information on how to appeal a denial letter go to http://www.fema.gov/assistance/process/case_review.shtm

To Report False Damage Claims:

If you suspect someone is filing false damage claims please report it to (800) 323-8603

Public Assistance (PA): Assistance for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.

Counties eligible for public Assistance

  • Essex

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HM): (Assistance for actions taken to prevent or reduce long term risk to life and property from natural hazards): All counties in the State of New York are eligible to apply for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

 

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers: Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are open to assist individuals, households, and businesses affected by Tropical Storm Irene. Residents are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a center.

At the DRC visitors can expect to:

  • Receive information about different types of state and federal disaster assistance
  • Get help completing low interest loan applications from the US Small Business Administration for homeowners, businesses, and renters.
  • Inquire about the status of applications for federal assistance
  • Possibly receive referrals to agencies for unmet needs
  • Learn cost-effective mitigation measures to reduce the impact of future disasters.

Essex County: Town Hall, 11 School Street, Au Sable, NY 12912 from 8:00 am to 800 pm

Essex County: Moriah Fire Station, 630 Tarbell Hill Road, Moriah, NY 12960 from 8:00 am to 800 pm

Clinton County: Mooers Town Hall/Fire Station, 2508 Rt. 11, Mooers, NY, from 8:00 am to 800 pm (MOBILE)

Disaster Loans (SBA): Provides low interest loans to homeowners, renters, and businesses of all sizes and private, non-profit organizations to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery, and equipment, inventory, and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster. Homeowners may be eligible to borrow up to $200,000 for real property.  Renters and homeowners may borrow up to $40,000 for replacement of disaster-damaged property.  Businesses may apply for up to $2 million for losses not fully covered by insurance.  SBA loans are made for the repair or replacement of real or personal property, transportation or rental of equipment to help with recovery, and economic loss.  The loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Those affected by the disaster may also apply for disaster loans electronically from SBA’s website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is October 31, 2011. The deadline to return economic injury applications is May 31, 2012.

Counties eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA:

  • Essex

Counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans:

  • Clinton
  • Essex

NYS Insurance Claims: If you have homeowner’s insurance and sustained any damage, start collecting documents to support any claim. Flood damage is often not covered under many policies.The NYS Insurance department opened Hurricane Irene information hot line from 8 AM to 8 PM, 1-800-339-1759 or visit http://www.ins.state.ny.us/ for more information.

Replacement Food Stamp Benefits

Food Stamp households that have lost food due to flooding and or power outages may be eligible for replacement food stamps, please contact NOEP (Nutrition Outreach and Education Program Coordinators:

 

contact NOEP (Nutrition Outreach and Education Program Coordinator) @ 518-436-8757 @112 or or by e-mail Dawn.Secor@HungerSolutionsNY.org http://www.nutritionconsortium.org/FoodHelpNY.htm

Clinton, Essex, Franklin

New or Replacement Social Security Cards (SSI, SSD)

Anyone receiving Social Security payments (or SSI, SSD) that have been interrupted can go to any Social Security office to get an emergency payment. For information about changing mailing addresses, obtaining a new card, direct deposit or locating a nearby SS office, Call (800)772-1213.

Unemployment Assistance

Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) may be available for individuals, including the self-employed, who are unemployed as a direct result of the damages caused by a natural disaster, man-made disaster or terrorist attack. Call 1-888-209-8124 and apply for DUA over the phone. The deadline for DUA applications is October 3, 2011.

Household Appliance Grant Program

New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Offers an appliance grant program for New York state residents who sustained property damage due to Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.  The program will help cover the cost of replacing vital household appliances, such as refrigerators, boilers, hot water/heater tanks, washing machines, dryers, dehumidifiers, and furnaces damaged by flooding.  Purchase of appliances and equipment must be for replacement purposes only and were not covered by insurance or FEMA. To apply call 877-697-6278 or check website:  www.NYSappliancerebates.com

ELIGIBLE APPLIANCES/EQUIPMENT AND REBATE AMOUNT

Boiler (ENERGY STAR):   $2500

Clothes Dryer w/Moisture Senor (Higher Efficiency):  $250

Dehumidifiers (ENERGY STAR): $100

 

Food Stamps:

 

In times of disaster it may become very difficult to obtain the resources needed to maintain a healthy and fulfilling diet for your family and yourself.  You may be eligible for Food Stamps.  Places to apply are:

 

Clinton Department of Social Services (518) 565-3300
Essex Department of Social Services (518) 873-3420
Franklin Department of Social Services (518) 481-1876

Food Stamp eligibility is based on income guidelines:

People in Household

Gross Monthly Income

1

$1,174

2

$1,579

3

$1,984

4

$2,389

Each Additional member

+406

 

 

Medicaid  (Health Insurance):

 

In times of disaster it may become very difficult to obtain the resources needed for health insurance. You may be eligible for the Medicaid program.  Places to apply are:

Clinton Department of Social Services

(518) 565-3300

Essex Department of Social Services

(518) 873-3450

Franklin Department of Social Services

(518) 481-1876

 

Temporary Assistance from the Department of Social Services:

 

In a major disaster or large-scale emergency, you may qualify for temporary financial assistance to stabilize your current situation and begin to recover.  Places to apply are:

Clinton Department of Social Services

(518) 565-3300

Essex Department of Social Services

(518) 873-3420

Franklin Department of Social Services

(518) 481-1876

 

Suspension of Federal Student Loans:

If you live in a federally declared disaster area you may temporarily suspend federal student loan payments by contacting the following servicers:

  • Direct Loans – 800-848-0979
  • Federal Family Education Loans – 800-433-3243
  • All borrowers can also contact the Federal Student Aid Ombudsman Program at 877-557-2575 for assistance

 

Tax Deductions

 

Property losses from natural disasters are tax-deductible. If you claim a casualty loss resulting from a disaster, you may be asked to show:

·         The kind of disaster and when it occurred

·         The damage that was a direct result of the disaster

·         Proof of ownership of the property

·         Your income tax basis in the property; this is the total value of your home (original cost plus cost of any improvements) minus any depreciation claimed for income tax purposes.

·         Fair market value before and after the disaster

·         Insurance benefits, free repairs, restoration, and cleanup from disaster relief agencies.

Before and after photographs, receipts, canceled checks, deeds, purchase contracts, and professional appraisals are good supporting evidence for casualty claims.  For more information, call the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or visit www.irs.gov for forms and information on how to contact specific units.

 

BASIC NEEDS

 

 

Food: Food services are still available to those affected by the flood and volunteers-whether they live in Clinton or Essex County at the AuSable Forks Fire Department for breakfast lunch and dinner.  Serving times are 8 to 9am, noon to 2pm and 5 to 7pm.

 

ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Disaster Relief Funds: Assist eligible families with damages/loss incurred as a result of Hurricane Irene.  Items include Medication/Medical Care, Temporary Housing, Rent and Security Deposits, Household Goods/Furniture/Appliances, Food and Clothing, Utilities.

  • JCEO (Joint Council for Economic Opportunity of Clinton and Franklin Counties, Inc. 54 Margaret St, Plattsburgh, NY  12901 (518) 561-6310,  eligible families in Clinton County, Contact JCEO at 518-561-6310
  • Adirondack Community Action Programs, Inc, 4572 Court street Suite 2, PO Box 848, Elizabethtown, NY  12932 or 1-877-873-2979, eligible families in Essex County

Disaster Relief Funds to organizations: The United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. is offering mini grants to organizations that help individuals and families with disaster assistance. The disaster relief mini-grants are available to organizations providing direct service to individuals and families that have been affected by the recent disaster in Clinton, Essex, and Franklin Counties.  Priority will be given to organizations providing services that address the unmet needs of storm victims. There are limited funds so it is important for organizations to exhaust all available resources before applying for monies.  The intention of the allotted funds is to provide a safety net for needs that are unmet by insurance agencies, government agencies, and other sources.

 

The mini-grants can be used for: supplies, repairs, housing expenses, transportation expenses, utility assistance and appliances, health and human service needs and other disaster related expenses.

 

The application for funds is available at the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. 45 Tom Miller Road Plattsburgh, NY 12901. Please call the United Way office at 518-563-0028 for more information or dial 2-1-1 for additional information and referrals.

 

 

Disaster Related Supplies

 

School Supplies: Town of Jay offers school supplies for children whose homes were damaged due to Hurricane Irene, (518) 647-2204

 

SUPPORTING RECOVERY SERVICES

If you are fortunate enough not to have suffered major damage during Hurricane Irene and would like to help your neighbors through donations of items or monetary donations and or volunteering, contact the agencies listed below

 

Monetary Donations:

 

Town of Jay Irene Relief Fund-PO Box 730, AuSable Forks, NY  12912

United Way of the Adirondack Region Irene Relief Fund- Write to the Irene Relief Fund on check and mail to 45 Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh, NY  12901

 

Volunteer Opportunities:

 

Kathy Daggett, Essex County Public Health Department, 132 Water st., PO Box 217, Elizabethtown, NY  12932 (518) 873-3514 or email kdaggett@co.essex.ny.us
Town of Jay is match volunteers with homeowners in need of assistance with Hurricane Irene disaster cleanup, (518) 647-2204.
2-1-1 Adirondack Region for up-to-date information on agencies needing volunteers for special programs. Clinton, Essex, Franklin   Dial2-1-1or

1-888-774-0289

 

Disaster Relief Training – to help for future emergencies:

 

American Red Cross National Hotline

(866) 438-4636

American Red Cross – Clinton, Essex & Franklin

(518) 561-7280

 

Donations of goods:

 

2-1-1 Adirondack Region for up-to-date information on agencies accepting donations of goods. Clinton, Essex, Franklin   Dial2-1-1or

1-888-774-0289

 

 

Mud/Debris Removal and Flood Clean-up

A team of volunteers are available to come to your home to help you with storm damage clean up. Please register by calling dial 2-1-1 or 1-888-774-0289 and then 2-1-1 will complete the NYVOAD (New York Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) mud-out request form on your behalf. 2-1-1 cannot assure you the work will be done, as the team will have to assess the situation and determine whether it is something they can do.

 

Mold Clean-Up/Prevention

Learn more about clean up and prevention of mold at www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/mold/protect.asp

 

Change of Address Form

Mail change of address forms are available online at www.usps.com or at any US Postal Service location. Please be sure to update any FEMA applications with newest address information.

 

OTHER LONG TERM RECOVERY/RELATED ISSUES

 

 

Clinton

 

2-1-1 Adirondack  – for comprehensive information & referral services, 8 am – 8 pm

Dial2-1-1or

1-888-774-0289

Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York 100 Court Street

Plattsburgh, NY 12901

(518) 563-4022

One Work Source 194 US Oval, Plattsburgh, NY 12903

(518) 561-0430

Department of Social Services 13 Durkee Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901

(518) 565-3300

National Alliance On Mental Illness of Champlain Valley 14 Healey Avenue, Suite D, Plattsburgh, NY 12901

(518) 561-2685 ext 17

Veterans’ Service Agency – Clinton County 137 Margaret Street,Suite 106, Plattsburgh, NY, 12901

(518) 565-4720

Office for the Aging – Clinton County 135 Margaret Street, Suite 105

Plattsburgh, NY 12901

(518) 565-4620

Department of Planning – Clinton County 135 Margaret Street

Suite 124

Plattsburgh, NY 12901

(518) 565-4711

Department of Health – Clinton County 133 Margaret Street,

Suite 117

Plattsburgh, NY 12901

(518) 565-4840

 

Essex

 

2-1-1 Adirondack  – for comprehensive  information & referral services, 8 am – 8 pm

Dial2-1-1or

1-888-774-0289

Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York 100 Court Street

Plattsburgh, NY 12901

(518) 563-4022

One Work Source 103 Hand Avenue, Elizabethtown, NY 12932

(518) 873-2341

Department of Social Services 7551 Court Street, Elizabethtown NY 12932

(518) 873-3420

Mental Health Association – Essex County 6096 NYS Route 9N, Westport, NY 12993

(518) 962-2077

Veterans’ Service Agency – Essex County 7551 Court Street, Elizabethtown, NY 12932

(518) 873-3488

Motor Vehicle – Essex County 7559 Court Street, Elizabethtown, NY 12932

(518) 873-3620

Office for the Aging – Essex County 132 Water St, Elizabethtown, NY 12932

(518) 873-3695

Department of Health – Essex County 132 Water St, Elizabethtown, NY 12932

(518) 873-3500

 

 

Franklin

 

2-1-1 Adirondack  – for information & referral services, 8 am – 8 pm

Dial2-1-1or

1-888-774-0289

Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York 100 Court Street

Plattsburgh, NY 12901

(518) 563-4022

One Work Source 158 Finney Blvd, Malone, NY 12953

(518) 481-5755

Department of Social Services 158 Finney blvd, Malone, NY 12953

(518) 481-5755

Mental Health Association – Franklin County 14415 State Route 30, Malone, NY 12953

(518) 521-3507

Veterans’ Service Agency – Franklin County 355 West Main Street, Suite 438, Malone, NY 12953

(518) 481-1540

Office for the Aging – Franklin County 125 Catherine Street, Malone, NY 12953

(518) 481-1526

Department of Health – Franklin County 136 Broadway, Saranac Lake, NY 12953

(518) 891-4471

 

 

Other NYS related services:

 

Child Abuse Hotline

(800) 342-3720

Equal EmploymentOpportunityCommission

(800) 669-4000

NYS Disability Program

(518) 474-6681

Occupational Safety of Health Admin (OSHA)

(800) 321-6742

Social Security Administration

(800) 772-1213

NYS Consumer Protection Board

(800) 697-1220

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Hurricane Irene Update: Five More Disaster Recovery Centers Set to Open https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2011/09/hurricane-irene-update-five-more-disaster-recovery-centers-set-to-open/ https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2011/09/hurricane-irene-update-five-more-disaster-recovery-centers-set-to-open/#comments Tue, 20 Sep 2011 20:11:09 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1105 September 19, 2011,  ALBANY, N.Y. — Five more state and federal Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will open on Tuesday, September 20, to assist individuals, households and businesses affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee and the subsequent flooding, according to state and federal officials.

Three of these centers — in Clinton, Columbia and Putnam counties — are “mobile,” meaning that they will be open through Thursday, September 22. After Thursday, these facilities will be deployed to other locations, but will return to each county at a date yet to be determined. Counties will be notified once a schedule is established.

Two DRCs — in Saratoga and Delaware counties — are “fixed” facilities that will be open until further notice. Unless otherwise noted, all centers are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. (Both locations in Suffolk County are closed on Sunday.)

This brings to 22 the number of centers that are operational. The new DRC locations are shaded:

Albany County
Cornell Cooperative Extension, 24 Martin Road, Voorheesville, NY 12186

Clinton County
Town Hall, 151 Banker Road, Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Columbia County
Copake Community Center, Mountain View Road, Copake, NY 12516

Delaware County
Sidney Town Hall Civic Center, 21 Liberty Street, Sidney, NY

Essex County (2)
Community Center, 11 School Lane, Ausable Forks, NY 12912
and
Moriah Fire Station, 630 Tarbell Hill Road, Moriah, NY 12960

Greene County (2)
Prattsville Town Hall, 14517 Route 23 Main Street, Prattsville, NY 12468
and
Windham Adventure Park, 273 South Street, County Route 12, Windham, NY 12946

Montgomery County
1000 Riverfront Center, Amsterdam, NY 12010

Nassau County
Sports Complex Mitchell Field, Airport 1 Charles Lindberg Blvd., Uniondale, NY 11553

Orange County
Orange County Fire Training Center, 9 Training Center Lane, New Hampton, NY 10953

Putnam County
Mahopac Fire Department, 741 Rt. 6, Mahopac, NY

Rensselaer County
Social Services Office Adm. Bldg., 127 Blooming Grove Drive, Troy, NY 12180

Rockland County
Provident Bank Ballpark, 1 Provident Bank Park Drive, Pomona, NY 10970

Saratoga County
F.B. Peck Hose Co. (Fire Station), 85 Saratoga Avenue, Waterford, NY 12188

Schenectady County
Rotterdam Square Mall, 93 West Campbell, Rotterdam, NY 12306

Schoharie County
Cobleskill Fire Department, 610 East Main Street in Cobleskill, NY 12043 (Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Suffolk County
H. Lee Denison Building, Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, NY 11788 (Closed Sundays)
and
Riverhead Fire Headquarters, 540 Roanoke Avenue, Riverhead, NY (Closed Sundays)

Ulster County (2)
Business Resource Center, 1061 Development Court, Ulster Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401Belleayre
and
Belleayre Mountain Ski Area, 181 Galli Curci Road, Highmount, NY 12444

Warren County
Lake Luzerne Town Hall, 539 Lake Avenue, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846

Westchester County
Westchester County Center, 198 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606

The centers are staffed with disaster-recovery specialists who can provide information and answer questions about hurricane-related assistance, according to FEMA and state officials.

“Before visiting a recovery center, I strongly recommend people seeking assistance, to register with FEMA beforehand,” said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Philip E. Parr. “Having spoken with or contacted state or local officials does not count. You must register with FEMA in order to apply for help.”

Registration is quick and simple, Parr said. By phone, call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. The toll-free line is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET, seven days a week until further notice. People with speech disabilities can use the TTY number, 800-462-7585. Applicants can also register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or with any web-enabled mobile device or smartphone at m.fema.gov. Follow the link to “apply online for federal assistance.”

Information needed when registering with FEMA includes the address of the damaged property, names of those living in the household, a general description of the damage, the Social Security Account number of any family member living in the home, the extent of insurance coverage and certain other information needed to expedite the process.

New York state agencies will join FEMA to provide services to the public at the centers. These include, but are not limited to: information about state disaster aid and help for unemployed persons and displaced workers as the result of the hurricane; information for senior citizens about state-funded programs; access to forms and services pertaining to motor-vehicle issues; coordination and assistance with any needs for daycare services; and access to MyBenefits pre-screening tool. Representatives of these and other agencies will participate as determined by need.

Also on hand at the Disaster Recovery Centers will be specialists from the Small Business Administration (SBA) who can explain the low-interest loan packages available to individuals, nonprofits and businesses of any size. These loans are for the repair or replacement of real estate and/or personal property damaged by the storm and related flooding, officials said. People who register with FEMA will be sent a loan application from the SBA. No one is obligated to take out a loan, according to the SBA. Applicants have six months after approval to decide whether to accept the loan.

FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for transportation, medical and dental, and funeral expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. Applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement and moving and storage expenses.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

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Hurricane Irene Update: Disaster Assistance Guides https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2011/09/hurricane-irene-update-disaster-assistance-guides/ Mon, 19 Sep 2011 19:02:26 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1103 19th Sep 2011, New York, NY:  Attached are disaster assistance guides produced by local 2-1-1, New York State and the Long Island VOAD.  The guides outline resources and forms of assistance available to those impacted by recent storms.  They list numerous programs and services that many may not be aware of.   Please share these guides with the general public, community groups, local officials and any other stakeholders you think might be interested.  Help your clients receive the aid they need; please encourage all of your colleagues to print these guides and get them in the hands of disaster relief workers and those they serve.

 The guides and their future updates can be on the web at the following addresses:

Long Island: http://www.hwcli.com/documents/399.PDF
Northeast New York: http://www.211neny.org/
Hudson Valley and Adirondack regions: http://www.hudson211.org/cms/
New York  State handbook: http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/documents/NYS-Disaster-Assistance-Handbook.pdf

 

Gurvinder Singh, Sikh Aid
gurvinder.singh@unitedsikhs.org
UNITED SIKHS
1-888-243-1690 | 1-469-22206288

 

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Hurricane Irene Update: Individual Assistance for Homeowners, renters and small businesses in the East Coast https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2011/09/hurricane-irene-update-individual-assistance-for-homeowners-renters-and-small-businesses-in-the-east-coast/ https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2011/09/hurricane-irene-update-individual-assistance-for-homeowners-renters-and-small-businesses-in-the-east-coast/#comments Tue, 13 Sep 2011 18:06:59 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1099  

New York, NY, Sep 12th, 2011: In the wake of Hurricane Irene, individual assistance is available for homeowners, renters and small businesses in Bronx, Kings, Queens and Richmond counties.  In addition, public assistance is available for NYC agencies and eligible Private Not for Profits (PNPs) that sustained damage or have response/recovery costs associated with Hurricane Irene (DR 4020) in all 5 boroughs.

 

Individual Assistance:
Residents and small businesses in a total of 27 counties are now eligible to apply for the following assistance: the Individuals and Households Program, Crisis Counseling, Disaster Unemployment Assistance, USDA food coupons and distribution, USDA food commodities, Disaster Legal Services, the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and Small Business Administration disaster loans.

 

The counties currently eligible for individual assistance are as follows:

 

  •  Individual Assistance (Assistance to individuals and households): Albany, Bronx, Columbia, Clinton, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Kings, Montgomery, Nassau, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Queens, Rensselaer, Richmond, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren, Washington and Westchester counties.

 

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance by registering online athttp://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362. Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

 

Public Assistance:
On August 31, 2011, New York City received a Major Disaster Declaration for Hurricane Irene (DR 4020).  All five NYC counties were included in the declaration.  The next step will be an Applicant’s Briefing for all NYC agencies and eligible Private Not for Profits (PNPs) that sustained damage or have response/recovery costs associated with the event.

 

The Applicant Briefings for New York City will take place on: 

 

Friday September 16th, 2011
NYC Office of Emergency Management
165 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn

 

There will be two sessions
10:00am – 12:00pm
1:00pm – 3:00pm

 

The briefing will go over eligibility for applicants, facilities, types of work and costs

 

A representative from each agency should attend one of the briefings. 
To RSVP, email Mariel Diaz (mdiaz@oem.nyc.gov) with the name(and session time) of each individual who will be attending

 

Following is a link to the form: “Request for Public Assistance”:  http://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=2658.  If possible please fill in the point of contact info and bring to the Applicant Briefing (each city agency will be an individual “applicant.”)  While applicants have 30 days to submit this form, FEMA would like to collect as many as possible up front.  After the Applicant Briefing, FEMA will contact each applicant to schedule a Kickoff Meeting.  This meeting is where FEMA will begin to work directly with that agency to identify damages and write up project worksheets to cover actual costs.  FEMA gives applicants 60 days from the kickoff meeting to identify all potential costs; however, the more prepared you are to present actual costs with supporting documentation the quicker and easier it will be.  If you have any questions, please write to Justin M. Lander (jland@oem.nyc.gov), (718) 422-8902).

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Gurvinder Singh
UNITED SIKHS
http://unitedsikhs.org
gurvinder.singh@unitedsikhs.org
888-243-1690 | 469-222-6288

 

 

 

 

 


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Critical update on Federal Government disaster assistance for Irene https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2011/09/critical-update-on-federal-government-disaster-assistance-for-irene/ Thu, 01 Sep 2011 20:54:21 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1096 09/01/2011: Critical update on Federal Government disaster assistance for Irene

Washington DC:  Critical update on Federal Government disaster assistance for Irene. Yesterday, President Obama issued a Major Disaster Declaration for damage resulting from Hurricane Irene.  These programs offer grants and loans to individuals and loans to businesses.

The Federal Government has set up a website that allows people to apply online for assistance: http://www.disasterassistance.gov.

This website consolidates the application process across several Federal agencies, including FEMA and the Small Business Administration. The website also reduces the number of forms you will ultimately have to fill out, shortens the time it takes to apply and allows you to check the progress of your applications online.

If you want to apply by phone rather than the Internet, you can call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362).

While the damage suffered is devastating, but we know we can rebound quickly.  Federal aid will play a crucial role in our recovery, so please take advantage of the resources available.
Gurvinder Singh
SikhAid, Director
UNITED SIKHS
http://unitedsikhs.org
E: gurvinder.singh@unitedsikhs.org
P: 1-469-222-6288 | 1-888-243-1690

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