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FEMA FAILS TO DECLARE DISASTER AREA
Release Date: October 19, 2005



JUNE FLOOD VICTIMS IN GREENBURGH/WESTCHESTER STILL DONT KNOW IF FEMA WILL DECLARE AREA A DISASTER AREA

After the substantial storm in June, local & county officials applied to FEMA seeking disaster funding for governments andlow interestloansor grants to businesses and individuals thatsuffered great financial damages. Its been 4 months and residents/businesses still dont know if they are eligible for FEMA assistance. I think this is an outrage---cant understand why it takes the federal government so long to declare an area an emergency. The delay makes it harder for people and businesses impacted by a flood to get on with their lives.Peoples plans are on hold until FEMA issues the declaration. It took from April to September for the April storms to be declared a disaster. There is a need for government red tape to be cut.

An individual can apply for assistance after a flood only AFTER a disaster has been declared. The April storm was declared #1589. Detailed information and instructions can be found on the FEMA website: www.fema.gov. The website walks visitors through the steps to apply for assistance.

PAUL FEINER

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