November 2, 2012
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces New Yorkers Can Now Register for Federal Disaster Assistance

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy can now call or go online to register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).


The federal government recognizes that Hurricane Sandy has left damage never before experienced in downstate regions of the State of New York Governor Cuomo said. New Yorkers need disaster assistance from FEMA, and the way to get help is by registering. I urge those who need help to call or go online to do so as soon as possible.Registering is an important way to help get you on the path to a variety of recovery programs, said Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Byrne. Were urging people with hurricane-related damages in federally declared disaster areas to apply as soon as possible.


The major federal disaster declaration, signed by President Obama, offers Individual Assistance in the counties of Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Queens and Westchester.


Disaster survivors have three ways to apply:


  • Individuals can call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- and hearing-impaired.
  • If you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.
  • You can register online at or via web-enabled phone or tablet at


The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT, seven days a week until further notice.