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Bloomberg Announces NYC Rapid Repairs Program For Sandy-Damaged Homes

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If Hurricane Sandy damaged your home, you may receive assistance rebuilding or repairing your home with the launch of the NYC Rapid Repair Program.

City officials established the program, beginning tomorrow, which will assist those hardest hit by Sandy to repair their homes and restore power in a streamlined manner.

Contractors, plumbers, and electricians will canvass homes that need repairs and perform them. Homeowners can also make arrangements for repairs and later apply to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for reimbursement.

Starting Tuesday, November 13, 2012, you can make an appointment for Rapid Repair service. First, you must have registered for disaster assistance with FEMA by going to, and have a FEMA ID number.

Then, sign up for the NYC Rapid Repair services by registering online, calling 311 or visiting a Disaster Assistance Service Center and registering there.

A contractor will come to your home and assess the damage, then a work order will be created and contractors will fix the home.

“A house, or an apartment complex or a commercial building where the electrical facilities were underwater, it is a safety problem. And I’m very proud that the City of New York has streamlined the process,” said Nick Lizanich of LIPA to NY1.

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  1. My personal experience with FEMA.
    My condo’s finished basement got flooded. My losses were some furniture, some appliances, sheetrock on the walls, but that’s peanuts comparing with the cost of the 900 sq. feet hardwood floors, that I need to rip
    out and replace now. So when I saw that FEMA link posted on SBites, I filled up the application. The FEMA inspector showed up two days ago, took some notes and yesterday we’ve got an e-mail saying that FEMA will give us $96.
    Now I can use money to have a drink with someone who cares 😉

  2. From what i understand, flood insurance will not cover the contents of a basement though it will cover the boiler and hot water heater.

  3. They certainly won’t cover hardwood floors, but will cover items related to a “home office” (last year, this was my computer after Irene).
    Seriously, let’s be honest – would you cover a luxury item like a hardwood floor?
    Also after Irene, I removed the carpeting in the basement and just put floor epoxy (nothing to lose – literally). Now what to do about the walls, though…

  4. I do have regular insurance but not the “flood”. Didn’t think it was necessary. If I was alive and living in the ‘hood in 1938 I would have known better…

  5. I didn’t build the floors, I’ve bought it that way. And I suppose it is a money loss, just like any other money loss, cause if I put epoxy instead of hardwood my condo’s value will be somewhat less when I sell it. But it seems that not all monetary losses are equal.

  6. I can’t get a definite answers to my questions on rapid home repair from 311. The only thing I know the assessment is free. I am afraid the cost of repairs provided by city contractors will be heavy… Maybe the waiting time to arrange it will be shorter thought… Does anyone knows more about the rapid repair program and its costs? Thanks

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