Poughkeepsie… Following months of the Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response coordinating site visits by representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the wake of Hurricane Ida, gathering damage estimates through the County’s innovative online portal, and advocating to the State, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro announced Dutchess County has been approved for additional disaster assistance from the federal government for homeowners, renters, and businesses.
County Executive Molinaro said, “This is very welcome news for the citizens and business owners throughout Dutchess County. Our Department of Emergency Response has worked tirelessly to secure site visits to damaged areas and collect damage estimates from residents and business owners to receive this additional financial support from FEMA. We are grateful to Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney for his support of our efforts, which now establishes an avenue for residents and businesses to get financial assistance to help them recover.”
Dutchess County received a major disaster declaration late last month, following Hurricane Ida, which struck Dutchess County in early September damaging over $2.5 million worth of public assets and municipal facilities. The County has continued to advocate for the addition of Individual Assistance to help homeowners and businesses recover from more than an estimated $1 million worth of damage to private homes, apartments, and businesses so far.
The Individual Assistance program includes grants for repairs and for rent of alternative housing, low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and grants for other serious unmet needs.
Dutchess County residents who have experienced property or income damage must now register for assistance, regardless of whether damage estimates were initially provided. Information on how to register has not yet been posted on FEMA’s website. As soon as it is available from FEMA, registration information will be posted on the County’s website, dutchessny.gov, and social media. All those who registered through the County’s online portal will be notified when they can register with FEMA for assistance.