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#59920 - 08/31/11 09:46 PM Rebuilding after Irene?
mrhutt Offline
journeyman

Registered: 05/02/07
Posts: 51
Loc: NJ
Has there been any discussion of a volunteer day to repair the massive erosion and damage to the area?

Alternatively, are there any particularly hard-hit communities in Ulster or Greene County that are actively soliciting volunteer help? I don't mind sacrificing a day of climbing to help out.

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#59923 - 09/01/11 12:30 AM Re: Rebuilding after Irene? [Re: mrhutt]
yorick Offline
old hand

Registered: 11/15/02
Posts: 1041
Loc: hamlet\'s hand
Prattsville, Windham, Ashokan and Phoenicia were slammed and are seeking volunteers,

http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/cuomo-irene-cleanup-to-reach-one-billion-20110831-APX

but locally, towns around the ridge (including New Paltz) will be cleaning up for weeks and many are still without power.

The Preserve has also asked for volunteers to assist with clean-up. Contact Jamie Hirtz, Asst. Dir. of Volunteers for details.
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#59924 - 09/01/11 12:35 AM Re: Rebuilding after Irene? [Re: yorick]
Jannette Offline

Cliffmama
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Registered: 10/03/00
Posts: 2225
Loc: Gardiner, NY

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#59928 - 09/01/11 02:03 PM Re: Rebuilding after Irene? [Re: Jannette]
Mim Offline
old hand

Registered: 01/27/00
Posts: 999
Loc: Gunks
Please help spread the word.


DISASTER RELIEF FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
For immediate release – Aug. 31. 2011

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal aid has been made available to the State of New York to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Hurricane Irene beginning on August 26, 2011, and continuing. The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Ulster County.
Assistance can include low-cost loans to cover uninsured or underinsured property losses and other programs to help business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

If you have a business that suffered damages from Hurricane Irene, here are some steps to follow immediately:
- Contact your insurance agent or broker immediately. Make sure you get the proper forms to file a claim.
- Document: Take photos of all the damage before you do any sort of clean-up or renovations and take notes of dates, times, etc. Make a list of the damage.
- If you hire a contractor to do the work, get a few quotes and keep these for references.
- Keep track of ALL expenses with receipts and notes of explanations. These will come in handy when you need to make proof these expenses.
- You need to register with FEMA for help and accurate information. http://www.fema.gov/assistance/index.shtm

Whether you own your own business, or have a small agricultural cooperative located in a declared disaster area, and are the victim of this disaster, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Application filing deadlines are Oct. 31, 2011 for physical damage, and May 31, 2012 for economic injury. http://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/Factsheet%20NY%2012776.pdf

To get help for your business and get you started with the processes of these relief programs (FEMA, SBA), you can contact the Mid-Hudson Region Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at 845-339-0025.

All support services provided by government agencies during disasters are free – beware of scams! Don't fall prey to empty promises by individuals who make false claims and require you to give them money or confidential information about your bank account, credit card number, etc.

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#59930 - 09/01/11 02:52 PM Re: Rebuilding after Irene? [Re: Mim]
KathyS Offline
member

Registered: 01/10/08
Posts: 196
Loc: NY, USA
Monitor road closures in NY here: http://www.511ny.org/traffic.aspx

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#59931 - 09/01/11 02:57 PM Re: Rebuilding after Irene? [Re: Mim]
Mim Offline
old hand

Registered: 01/27/00
Posts: 999
Loc: Gunks
The above press release should read that
"The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Albany, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Schenectady, Schoharie, and Ulster counties." 
not just Ulster county.
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#59936 - 09/01/11 07:59 PM Re: Rebuilding after Irene? [Re: KathyS]
jakedatc Offline
enthusiast

Registered: 10/18/06
Posts: 241
Originally Posted By: KathyS
Monitor road closures in NY here: http://www.511ny.org/traffic.aspx


great link. Looks like i'll be fine next week coming from 32N to 44/55 West


Edited by jakedatc (09/01/11 08:12 PM)

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#59937 - 09/01/11 08:59 PM Re: Rebuilding after Irene? [Re: jakedatc]
Rickster Offline
old hand

Registered: 10/16/07
Posts: 850
Loc: Orange Cty, NY
We've just gotten our power back here in Pine Bush. Some enclaves are low on the list still and will not get power yet for a few days. Some entire areas are cut off entirely.

Here's a taste of what's happened throughout the region.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu9djEpUUwk

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#59944 - 09/02/11 01:53 PM Re: Rebuilding after Irene? [Re: Rickster]
KathyS Offline
member

Registered: 01/10/08
Posts: 196
Loc: NY, USA
Amazing the windshield wipers were still running on the nearly-submerged pickup truck. I would have thought the battery would short out with all that water.....

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