Hurricane Sandy Victims: Disaster Relief Programs You May Not Know About



After a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy, victims are understandably desperate to receive relief funds, but they're often ill-informed about the best way to get them. Survivors too often look to insurance first and -- if those funds are insufficient--FEMA second...and last.

But there are a number of alternative tools homeowners can add to their disaster recovery arsenals. So if you've suffered from Sandy and need to offset the costs of clean-up and repairs, your strategy should begin with getting knowledgeable about which grant and loan programs will work for you.

We're here to help. These are the best avenues for the victims of disasters to get the financing to start getting their lives back to normal:



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I live in Little Ferry NJ..We got hit hard I lost everything in my basement..Washer, Dryer Heating and hot water systems..Went to apply for help with FEMA..It’s been over three weeks now,,,Nothing !!!!!!! Where is this help Promised?

November 21 2012 at 1:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
freethedems2012

Obama's FEMA is a failure. Where is the outrage? Bush's FEMA got it.

November 14 2012 at 8:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce Sobecky Barron

In the aftermath of Sandy we are extremely disappointed in the failure of the President, Vice President and democratic leadership to assist citizens of the first state in recovering from Sandy. We are asking for help for one business that will be returned many times over in the form of jumpstarting the economy of Kent County Delaware. We started a small business sept first in woodland beach delaware with the goal of restoring tourism to kent county and create badly needed jobs. For a history of the area visit woodlandbeach.net. Many people locally have not worked in years and it's not uncommon to have over a hundred apply for one cashier job. Our goal is to act as responsible stewards if a unique unspoiled area and preserve history while conserving wetlands for the future. In eight weeks we cleaned up years of trash, tripled tourism and reduced crime by 95%. We partnered with a group to restore oyster beds and spent time and money attracting larger fish with great results. This is a place an hour from wilmington where bald eagles nest, muskrats swim and you can explore sunken ships at low tide. The thousands if acres of protected wetlands minimized surges but loss of roof and walls allowed a foot and a half of rain in. for forty years residents have had to drive eighr miles for basic essentials including drinking water. We established a small general store to serve them and tourists and planned a diner, wedding chapel, b&b, and classroom space. The classroom space would be used to teach adults boat building/repair skills, further history and conservation learning, and provide exposure to native american culture. We have permission to add a dock which will allow boat rentals, facilitate use of the ramp already there and create tour boat opportunities. We believe in accessible outdoor experience and wanted to offer adaptive fishing and hunting gear on loan to our wounded heroes. We are on a pre sale agreement and could not purchase insurance till closing. Now the seller refuses to honor the contract to pay for damages and no federal aid is available. A century if sand was lost from the public beach but delaware law prohibits replenishment spending north of the tourist traps. We desperately need help which will allow us to continue building a model public access area in harmony with the environment. A single investment of 250,000 will allow rebuilding and generate up to a million dollars a month in a region with high unemployment. Our website is www.croakers.biz and we have www.facebook.com/croakerswoidlandbeach. Please help us continue the momentum to restore hope to a beautiful town of small year round residences. Also many nearby fishing piers were destroyed and this will keep angler spending as an important part if delawares economy

November 14 2012 at 2:27 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
lwomble15

YEA IT'S A SHAME ONE OUR LINE MEN WENT TO HELP RESTORE ELECTRIC FOR THESE PEOPLE AND ENDS UP IN THE HOSPITAL, SOMEBODY THERE SUCKER PUNCHED HIM IN THE FACE, NOW HE HAS TO HAVE 2 PLATES PUT IN HIS FACE AND HAS TO HAVE HIS JAW WIRED FOR SEVERAL WEEKS AND THAT INCLUDES THE HOLIDAYS. CAUSE HE WENT TO A RESTURANT TO GET SOMETHING TO EAT, EXCUSE ME THIS GUY WAS THERE TO HELP AND THAT'S WHAT HE GETS IN RETURN, THESE PEOPLE ARE WORKING BETWEEN 14 AND 16 HOURS A DAY

November 14 2012 at 10:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jrb359

Other than photo ops, and making Chris Mathews happy,BIG government did virtually NOTHING to help those in need. Our tax dollars at work.

November 13 2012 at 4:25 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mt61851

If most of these storm victims were Black, they would have had electric, free housing, free everything and within a week. Obama would have seen to that. He has been MIA since before the election. He used those victims and Christie to get votes other than the ones that were not legal. This government has become a joke, we do not have a leader who cares about people suffering, he enjoys seeing them suffer more. He has an agenda and is busy working on it.

November 13 2012 at 2:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
malinda

I just want to let you know that your link does not work, http://www.fema.gov/register.shtm. You may have meant to use this one?.. http://www.fema.gov/disaster-survivor-assistance

November 13 2012 at 10:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
KELLI2L

Unfortunately many storm victims may not be privy to this information since they still don't have power and communication.....
I wonder how many of them will just give up - leave and move to Florida?
I understand another NorEaster storm is scheduled to hit them just before Thanksgiving...

November 13 2012 at 8:58 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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fit4ufor3rd

florida?? there are more storms there. and we arent going anywhere, NY is our home, this is where our families are from , our history. this is our city, and we are coming back bigger stronger and smarter and better prepared. never count us out, baby.

November 13 2012 at 12:54 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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freethedems2012

Don't live right down on the water. People in Florida do that and it is foolish. God bless you.

November 14 2012 at 8:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down