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People who receive federal disaster assistance because of Superstorm Sandy will not have to pay additional income taxes or see any reduction in their Social Security checks or other federal benefits. Disaster assistance does not count as income.
The assistance may consist of grants for temporary housing, essential home repairs, replacement of personal property or other needs. Donations from charitable organizations also will not affect Social Security payments or Medicare benefits.
Call the FEMA helpline at (800) 621-FEMA (3362)or go to a disaster recovery center for more information or to register with FEMA. People with a speech disability or hearing loss can call TTY (800) 462-7585.
Disaster recovery centers are listed online at www.FEMA.gov/DRCLocator. Online registration is available at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Or people can register with a tablet or smartphone by using the FEMA app or by visiting m.fema.gov.
Homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage from the hurricane in any of the 13 New York counties designated for federal individual assistance may be eligible for FEMA grants to help cover expenses for temporary housing, home repairs, replacement of damaged personal property and other disaster-related needs, such as medical, dental or transportation costs not covered by insurance or other programs.
Eligibility for FEMA assistance is not dependent on income. The determination of the amount of disaster assistance an eligible applicant receives is based on the amount of loss and damages incurred as a direct result of the storm and the amount of insurance settlement, if any.
For more information on Social Security, contact the Social Security Administration by calling (800) 772-1213 or by going to www.SocialSecurity.gov.
For more information on Medicare, call (800) MEDICARE (800-633-4227) or go to www.Medicare.gov.
For more information on Sandy recovery efforts in New York, go to www.FEMA.gov/Disaster/4085.