Governor Kathy Hochul has secured an Emergency Disaster Declaration and a Major Disaster Declaration from President Biden following the devastation caused by Hurricane Ida. This has granted those living in Westchester County access to recovery assistance and help during this difficult time period. Resources available include support through mobile command centers, housing assistance, access to food, and information from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) about disaster relief.
There are mobile commander centers staffed by Department of Financial Service (DFS) personnel that are providing people with insurance information regarding policy coverage for losses and suggestions on how to document their losses and safeguard their property. There is currently a command center at the Grinton I. Will Library. The hours of operation are 9 AM-5 PM. No appointments are necessary to receive assistance.
If you are unable to travel to a mobile commander center or need general information about insurance claims from storm damage, you can call DFS at: (800) 339-1759 between 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
For help with emergency housing, paying for food, or a financial situation resulting from the storm, you can contact the Westchester Department of Social Services at: 914-995-5000 or the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance hotline at: 1-800-342-3009.
Foodlink is offering food to anyone that needs it. By entering your zip code on their website, you can find food distribution centers that are close to you.
There are two nonprofit organizations assisting those affected by Hurricane Ida: United Neighborhood Houses and Human Services Council. They are providing food, aiding the homeless, and offering temporary housing.
FEMA is offering individual assistance to people affected by the storm. Through their website you can apply for individual support. Their “Help After a Disaster” brochure, which is available in 27 languages, provides information about support offered after a natural disaster. To speak to FEMA directly, dial their help hotline at: 1-800-621-3362.