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Malliotakis, Local Officials Push for Federal Emergency Declaration, Outline Next Steps Following Ida Damage

September 2, 2021

(STATEN ISLAND, NY) - Today Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11) joined local elected officials and residents impacted by tropical storm Ida in reiterating calls for President Biden to issue an emergency declaration under the Stafford Act and unlock the Individuals and Household Programs so homeowners can apply for direct assistance. The officials also outlined immediate steps residents should take to address damages caused by the storm.

"The purpose of us coming here today is so everyone understands what the process is, what we need from the Governor and the President of the United States in order for us to move forward here and obtain FEMA assistance for the community," said Congresswoman Malliotakis. "In addition to issuing an emergency declaration as soon as possible, the Governor and the President must include the Individuals and Household Programs as part of the declaration so New York City homeowners and vehicle owners who are uninsured or underinsured have access to direct assistance."

The officials encouraged residents to take the following steps to immediately address any damages caused by tropical storm Ida:

  • Alert local authorities if you have any unmet needs (such as shelter, food, or water), especially if you are unable to gain access to your business or residence. Please contact our office if you need assistance contacting local authorities or need housing. Individuals can call 311 to report issues or fill out a Water Damage or Loss Claim form HERE.
  • File a claim. Report your loss immediately to your insurance agent or carrier. Be sure to ask them about advance payments and save a record of any communications and denial letters.
  • Take pictures of any and all damage caused by Ida flooding and gather documentation. This information will be critical during your recovery as insurance adjusters, local, state, or federal agencies may ask you for this information. Documentation could be for proof of identity, insurance, lease agreements, property ownership. Also, save all receipts from clean-up or remediation work.

"This morning we saw what Staten Islanders do best - neighbors helping neighbors," said New York City Councilman Joe Borelli. "We need FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program to start processing claims as quick as possible to restore people financially as soon as possible."

"It's very important for everyone to document the damage that has occurred to them," said Deputy Borough President Ed Burke. "This is all about rebuilding. If we're going to keep getting storms like this, we need to have some long-term solutions in addition to short-term solutions."

"The folks who are doing the assessment for the Governor's office and the President's emergency declaration only need to walk a block to know that our community is deserving of the Individuals and Household assistance," said David Carr, Chief of Staff to New York City Council Minority Leader Steven Matteo. "Document, document, document everything you see that is damaged that you want to be reimbursed for. We're going to be with you in the days and weeks ahead."

"As an attorney, I will advise everyone to document everything and exhaust every avenue," said New York State Assemblyman Michael Tannousis. "I'm happy that the Governor was able to declare this a state of emergency and hopefully now the federal government will step in."

To watch the Congresswoman's press conference, click HERE.