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 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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