POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Dutchess County Director Marc Molinaro encourages local residents, businesses and municipalities that have suffered damage from the remnants of Hurricane Ida this week to document their losses and reconstruction needs as that the preliminary damage assessment process begins.
The county works with the state’s Emergency Management Office early in the process.
Residents, businesses and municipalities who have suffered loss as a result of Ida are advised to take photos of their loss or damage, make a list of damaged or lost items, and collect receipts for them. materials they purchased to repair storm damage.
“Although Ida has passed Dutchess County, its impact will be felt for weeks or, in some cases, even longer, as some residents, businesses and municipalities in our community seek to rebuild themselves after this devastating storm. I urge those affected to take action to document the impact of the storm. Such evidence will strengthen their claim for reimbursement from New York State, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other possible sources, ”Molinaro said in a statement.
As part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) public assistance process, the Dutchess County Emergency Response Department communicates with elected officials in each municipality, with the goal of collecting estimates of costs on damage to public property and infrastructure.
If the county and state public damage assessment threshold is met, individual FEMA assistance, financial assistance, and direct services to eligible uninsured and underinsured individuals and households may be considered, according to a Press release.
Before the remnants of Hurricane Ida hit Dutchess County, Molinaro said he contacted local city leaders and has since requested contact information for local businesses affected by the storm to help them connect them to FEMA if the Federal aid is approved.
The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is also reaching out to its members, and the County Executive Office is coordinating outreach through other trade associations to identify businesses affected by Ida.