Submitted by ub on Fri, 10/07/2011 - 12:13

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. met with representatives of FEMA to discuss their agency’s ongoing response to Hurricane Irene in the Bronx.

The deadline for registering for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is Oct. 31, 2011.

The deadline to submit loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is also Oct. 31. SBA loan applications are a key part of the FEMA registration process. If you are a homeowner or renter and SBA determines you cannot afford a loan, you may be referred for other possible assistance. Additional information is available at or 1-800-659-2955. Assistance is also available to those who lost wages or employment as a result of Hurricane Irene.

There are three ways to register – go to or or call FEMA toll-free, 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Those with access or functional needs and who use a TTY, call 800-462-7585; or use 711 or Video Relay Service to call 800-621-3362. Telephone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; multilingual operators are available.