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FEMA coming to Jay

Tim Monaco looks to clean out his store in Upper Jay.

Tim Monaco looks to clean out his store in Upper Jay. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Governor Andrew Cuomo has spoken to President Barack Obama regarding the damages suffered in the town of Jay and Essex County due to Hurricane Irene. At this time, Obama has waived all criteria for individual assistence from FEMA. Individual assistance is described as “aid directly to families, providing federal aid and funding directly to affected individuals. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low cost loans to cover uninsured or under-insured property losses.

FEMA representatives will be arriving in the town of Jay and Essex County within the next few days. A temporary FEMA office will be set up at the town of Jay Community Center on Sept. 6, (times to be announced). Please keep proper records of all damages sufferred and expenditures. Also, any pictures of property damages are extremely helpful.

In order to be entered into the FEMA system for individual assistance you must fill out a disaster and flood damage survey form. If you have not already filed one of these forms, please do so as soon as possible. These forms are available at the town of Jay Community Center located at 11 School Lane in Au Sable Forks. Once this form is completed, you will be given the choice of a website or an “800” number to access the second step. If you do not have access to the internet or telephone at this time, please come to the Community Center and we will provide a means for you to contact FEMA. FEMA representatives will be arriving in the town of Jay on Sept. 6 to set up an office in the town of Jay Community Center in order to begin the next level of assistance. Please be available to attend.

If you have any questions, please call the supervisor’s office at 647-2204.

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