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Ulster, Sullivan County residents eligible for FEMA aid

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Albany/HV: Ulster, Sullivan County residents eligible for FEMA aid
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Ulster and Sullivan counties were declared eligible for FEMA's Individual Assistance program Monday. As YNN’s Alexandra Weishaupt tells us many people are still cleaning up damage sustained from Superstorm Sandy.

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. -- “Nothing is where it should be. I can’t find things when I want them. It just goes on and on every task seems to be like climbing a mountain,” said Saugerties resident, Jill Schintone.

Jill Schintone’s one-story home was flooded out by Sandy, but now she can rest easier, knowing that FEMA is stepping in to assist those whose homes are severely damaged from the Superstorm.

“If my flood insurance doesn’t pay for certain things hopefully FEMA will pick up that gap,” said Schintone.

Ulster's Emergency Management Director Art Snyder says anyone with damage should first file a claim with their insurance company and then apply for FEMA aid.

“It would definably make it easier with some of the appliances I lost and beds,” said Saugerties Resident, Richard Kitrick.

Richard Kitrick's house was flooded out for the second time -- first Irene and now Sandy -- but luckily Ulster County's Executive, Mike Hein, says the aid comes on a storm by storm basis. Anyone who used FEMA for Irene damage is still eligible for primarily low interest loans to help with ongoing cleanup efforts this time around.

“Ultimately having access to additional aid is what this is all about. I encourage anybody and everybody who has been severely impacted as a result of that storm to reach out,” said Ulster County Executive Mike Hein.

And for those whose first floors lay ravaged on the side of the road, it’s a sign of relief that things will get back to normal.

Schintone said, “Everybody was on pins and needles wondering if FEMA was going to give us some aid down here, so it was very good news.”

Ulster County’s Emergency Management Director is meeting with FEMA officials this week to set up a Disaster Recovery Center. That center will provide access to FEMA services available for homeowners and business owners.

Anyone needing FEMA aid can call 1-800-621-3362 or visit DisasterAssistance.gov to apply.

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