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FEMA extends Hurricane Sandy deadline until Feb. 27

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Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:50 am, Thu Jan 31, 2013.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the deadline to file for financial assistance for another month.

The final day to apply for help from the agency in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy will be Feb. 27. The deadline had been Jan. 28.

FEMA extended the time frame to file at the request of Gov. Cuomo. 

Individuals also can register with FEMA online at DisasterAssistance.gov or via smartphone or tablet by going to m.fema.gov or by downloading the FEMA app.

Survivors also can call (800) 621-3362 The toll-free number operates 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. seven days a week until further notice.

Survivors who have questions regarding the registration process, the status of their application and available disaster assistance programs are encouraged to visit a Disaster Recovery Center or contact FEMA. There are seven DRCs in Queens — five of which are in the Rockaways and the other two at the American Legion Hall at 209 Cross Bay Blvd. in Broad Channel and 159-53 102 St. in Howard Beach near Coleman Square. All centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26 only. 

The deadline for those displaced from their homes and living in hotels or motels as part of the Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program has also been extended to Feb. 10. The last day storm victims could stay in hotels without paying for a room out of pocket under the program had been Jan. 27. According to FEMA, 1,902 people are still staying in hotels or motel as of Jan. 23. 

More than 264,000 people have applied for FEMA aid in the 13 counties in New York State that were declared disaster areas after Sandy. These include the five boroughs of New York City and Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster counties.  The agency said it has paid out more than $862 million in grants so far. 

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