FEMA Inspectors Coming to Long Beach

Ten inspectors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are due to arrive in Long Beach on Jan. 29, the City of Long Beach has announced.

The inspectors will assist the city’s  building department with the Increased Cost of Compliance Inspections (ICC).

“They will be working in conjunction with the City of Long Beach, inspecting approximately 3,000 homes throughout the west end and the canals for substantial damage,” reads the announcement on the city’s website.  

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Of the roughly 400 building inspections that the city has carried out, about 90 percent of the residents are interested in becoming eligible for ICC funds, Long Beach Buildings Department Commissioner Scott Kemins told Patch last week. FEMA is offering $30,000 to residents who are required to raise the height of their structure.

Last Thursday, FEMA extended its Individual Assistance program an additional 30-days for individuals and businesses who would like to apply for FEMA assistance for home repairs and other needs. The new deadline is Feb. 27.

To be eligible for FEMA Programs, survivors must first apply for federal assistance through FEMA by:

· Registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov;
· Registering via smartphone or tablet by using the FEMA app or going to m.fema.gov; or
· Registering by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) (TTY 800-462-7585). For 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.

Eddie January 28, 2013 at 11:20 AM
Those seeking that whopping $30,000 to raise their home should carefully consider what they get into. As I see it, if the inspection deems that your house sustained damage which exceeds 50% of its market value to repair, you will be eligible for the BIG MONEY. You'll also probably be barred from repairing your home without bringing it to current code, which may require it to be raised above the 100-year base flood elevation. It will also require you to buy flood insurance in the future. Since the $30,000 isn't going to raise anything more than a garage, you'd better have your ducks in a row before you demand that inspection and the money. Talk with the Building Department or a good local engineer before your get the government involved in something that can ruin you financially.
Tonto Hertzberg January 28, 2013 at 12:50 PM
Eddie; Maybe you should let folks know that YOU are a local engineer BEFORE you scare the hell out of them. Also, anyone that does not buy Flood insurance after being wiped out is a moron and does not read at all. I hope folks understand that Eddies post is all about PROFITING from the misery of others by instilling fear and hyping his services
Laurie Rainer January 28, 2013 at 02:23 PM
This is misleading info. FEMA will only give u the $30000 for ICC if you had flood insurance in effect at time of sandy. We have the letter and now we have insurance but we dont qualify.
Tonto Hertzberg January 28, 2013 at 02:39 PM
Come on down to Nolans tonite and say that to my face! Ill be right there sleppin on the pool table tough guy!
Eddie January 28, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Sorry to bust your groggy bubble Boozehound, but the only one profiting from your misery is Shines. I am an engineer but I don't practice or take on clients. I'm not hyping my services because I have none to offer. Since I offer no services, I can't see how I profit from others' misery. If you know a way that I can, please let me know. You seem to have enough to make me a wealthy guy. I have my opinions about the government's flood insurance scheme. I think it's a Ponzi scam where few are made to pay for many who pay nothing. I would love to not be forced to buy it, but I can afford to self insure against losses. Just my opinion. Yours may be different. Have another beer, you blowhard.
Hamburger January 28, 2013 at 05:14 PM
and this is the Ballad of Boozehound Joe (boomchickaboomchickaboomchickaboom)
Leonard Bauman January 28, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Eddie, how much do you think it would cost to raise a 1 story bungalow up 8 feet high off the ground. The bungalow is sitting on concrete blocks about 18 inches off the ground and measures 24 feet wide x 44 feet long. Construction is stucco over wood 2x4 frame.
Jack January 28, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Why is flood insurance a scam Eddie? I slife insurance a scam? Is car insurance a scam? IIt is what it describes. If you dont have it then you take a chance on getting reimbursement for damage. FEMA maxes ou Anymore damage is coming out of the homeowners pocket. All homeownes near the water should buy flood insurance. This will also reduce premiums for others. The problem is that alot of homeowners should not be owning a home because they are not qualified for a mortgage and are unsophisticated.
Eddie January 29, 2013 at 07:01 AM
Leonard, there's more involved than lifting. Figure perhaps $35K for the lift, $20K for the new foundation, $15K for stoops and flat work. Then there's utilities. New boiler? Relocate old boiler and hookup sewers and electric? Just guessing here. Depends on the deals you can get from different trades. Jack, Flood "insurance" isn't real insurance. It's a government scheme that works for some and screws others. If it was fair, if it was insurance, it would be your choice to buy it or not to buy it. If it was real, it would only cover those who pay into it. If it were real insurance, carriers would be bound by the insurance regulations. None of this is the case. While it may work for you if you are at a low elevation, there are many folks, like me, who are required to pay for it and will never see a flood. To them, it's simply another tax.
Just a Resident January 29, 2013 at 07:23 AM
Where are you getting your figures from?
Eddie January 29, 2013 at 07:34 AM
From 35 years in the trades along with some quick look at estimating book prices. Just ballpark numbers. Tell me what you see differently. But as long as there are people who pay somebody $5,000 to spray bleach on mold, I suppose you can pay whatever you want to pay...
Jack January 29, 2013 at 09:07 AM
This FEMA inspection ICC money is a scam. Everyone beware. The governor and other politicians are now looking for away to get rid of us off the beach and take over the beachfront properties for themselves.This is massive blockbusting. They would love to hand over the land to welfare section 8 recipients under the scam of "affordable housing" beware the developers are in on the affordable "workforce" housing scam. How come housing projects in Rockaway Queens continue to be built if its in a vulnerable area?
Jack January 29, 2013 at 09:16 AM
Also be awre that when a person, town or developer takes this FEMA money they have to comply with all affirmative action Equal Employment, anti discrimination civil rights housing laws. That means Long Beach will have to accept the building of housing projects like in Coney Island and Rockaway. Couple this with the granting of amnesty to illegal aliens and you will have a disasterous governmental boondagle down here.
Tonto Hertzberg January 29, 2013 at 09:18 AM
The entire barrier island is about to see hundreds of millions of dollars in Federal cash poured onto the Island. In addition private insurance companies and indviduals will contribute at least a BILLION more in rebuilding funds in coming months. All this just as the general economy is improving. My point? The NEW Long Beach Island is going to be a place where MANY folks want to live and the home values will reflect that. Do what you can to put your home back in shape and be rewarded with a home value HIGHER than before the strorm
Hamburger January 29, 2013 at 11:33 AM
i heard they are raising the tolls on the A.B. bridge to $10
Tonto Hertzberg January 29, 2013 at 05:54 PM
You dont know jack Jack. You and Knowitall Eddie should move in together.
Beachguy January 29, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Oy vey!
Jack January 29, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Now they are reporting the flood insurance will increase to astronomical proportions. They are trying to scare everyone off the island so the developers can get the land cheap and build section 8 housing.
Tonto Hertzberg January 29, 2013 at 10:57 PM
If they increase Flood Insurance in Long Beach they will have to increase it for every single home in the United States as well, ya god damned idiot. Flood Insurance is going to increase but if the GOP has its way it will be ELIMINATED. So, jerks like Jack will screw themselves by voting for those bastards.
Eddie January 30, 2013 at 01:23 AM
I'd rather it be eliminated or made optional than be required to pay the proposed $9,700/year rates. If I save the money, I'll have $ 970,000 in the bank for the next 100-year flood.
Just a Resident January 30, 2013 at 09:35 AM
Eddie, Long Beach already has one of the highest ratios of subsidized housing of any community in Long Island. There is Channel Park, Pine Town, the housing authority buildings and many, many section 8 homes. Then, of course, are the "new house" lotteries which were political give aways. The truth is that the economy has been difficult for many for a long time. Some are better than others at being resourceful and industrious. Others don't know any other way than the culture of government subsidy. They were never given the opportunity to learn about pride of self-subsistence. That doesn't make them bad people. It makes them people in need. Personally I find there is a good balance -between the have's and the have=not's. The have-not's give us humility and a sense of "there but for the grace of God go I."
Elene January 30, 2013 at 09:58 AM
Fema was giving out 30,000$ for qualified applicants is this the same as the SBA loans that where given? I am confused.
Eddie January 30, 2013 at 11:20 AM
Just, they were all given the same opportunity as I. I was raised in a housing project and attended NYC schools. They were offered free college, I had to pay. They had better opportunity than I. Otherwise I agree with you. The world is host to all kinds. I just don't want to support anyone by my own family. Those who can't afford what I buy can move to a place they can afford.
Just a Resident February 01, 2013 at 10:49 AM
Elene, the ICC funding is not the same as SBA loans. ICC is an additional claim on your flood insurance and does not have to be repaid. SBA is offering loans if you quality and while the interest is low, you do have to repay it. If you don't qualify, I understand that it might be kicked back to FEMA for assistance. The Yahoo Group has additional grant opportunities http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LBNYAfterSandy/


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