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Dozens of times I've heard the Reeve Foundation's Director of Public Impact, Alan T. Brown, living with a spinal cord injury for 25 years, say "paralysis does not discriminate." Unfortunately, on October 29, 2012 Superstorm Sandy didn't discriminate either. Five months later, Sandy's impact is still devastating as individuals are struggling attempting to put the pieces back together. Many of those individuals are members of our paralysis community. If you or anyone who know is still in need of assistance, the day day to register for FEMA assistance is May 1st. Below are the details:
TRENTON, N.J.--Tell your friends and neighbors who have not registered for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that the last day to register is May 1, 2013. Make sure they know the facts about FEMA registration; many Hurricane Sandy survivors are eligible for disaster assistance and just may not know it.
With about two weeks left to register, here are facts about FEMA assistance:
FEMA assistance does NOT affect benefits from other federal programs, such as Social Security benefits, taxes, food stamps or Medicaid.
FEMA assistance is available for renters; it is not exclusive to homeowners.
FEMA provides grants; it does not make loans. These grants do NOT have to be repaid, and they are NOT considered taxable income.
You may be eligible for reimbursement for repairs to your home, even if the repairs are already completed.
You may be eligible for FEMA assistance even if you have flood or homeowner’s insurance.
Income is NOT a consideration for eligibility for FEMA assistance. A grant you may receive does not take away from another survivor’s assistance; FEMA has sufficient funding to assist all eligible survivors with their eligible disaster-related needs.
There is no paperwork to register with FEMA; the process normally takes between 15 and 20 minutes.
The rule of thumb is that if you’re unsure if you are eligible for assistance, call 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) or go to DisasterAssistance.gov. If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY,call 1-800-462-7585directly. If using 711 or Video Relay Service, call 1-800-621-3362.
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