Wednesday: One-On-One Recovery Workshop With FEMA, SBA, SBS & More – Get Help With Next Steps!

SHEEPSHEAD BITES is hosting another “business recovery workshop”, where business owners can come to get one-on-one help filling out forms and determining next steps in the recovery process.

http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/2012/12/wednesday-one-on-one-recovery-workshop-with-fema-sba-sbs-more-get-help-with-next-steps/

35 comments to Wednesday: One-On-One Recovery Workshop With FEMA, SBA, SBS & More – Get Help With Next Steps!

  • Trainman

    I heard yesterday that someone in handcuffs was removed from the FEMA office in the Beach by NYPD.

    Does anyone know the story?

    • Trainman

      I’d like to remind everyone that still has some last minute shopping to do to try and shop at our local stores on the Avenue. Some are up and running and they sure need our business.
      Thank you and Merry Christmas to all.

  • Pete

    GB cares is to receive 25,000 from the proceeds of the 12/12/12 benefit concert. Just out of curiosity I looked at the list non pofit organizations who are receiving money from the benefit concert. The Robin Hood Releif Fund Grants are going to 127 non profit groups many of which have nothing to do with people affected by the storm. Example: American Friends Services Committe $ 10,000 to protect immigrant day laborers in clean-up and reconstruction through wage theft prevention. The list goes on and on. I am shocked about where this money is going. GB should have gotten 100K, Greybeards in Rockaway should have gotten at least twice the 75K that they will receive. The money should go where it is most needed. GB.net please expose this travesty.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t say that I am surprised. Most is ggoing to Nj. Its Bruce Springsteens hometown. I know that Jersey shore has itbad but I am freezing right now in my house. Rapid repair was here two weeks ago and said they would be back in two days. Haven’t heard from them since. Haven’t heard from insurance either. No one gives a crap about us. At least it looks like there will be plenty of mental health service
    Much more of this and I’m going to need it.

    • The Beacher

      Right now the Vendors are in high demand.By vendors I mean most anyone in the Service and repair business.(prior to the storm they were begging for work) Now as for the Insurance Companies,They try to get out of paying at all costs,thinking they give a damm about their policy holders is dreaming. Last but not least the Politicians always talking a big deal but more often than not,not delivering. Now really is anyone surprized ? The old saying will always hold true God helps those who help themselves.Best of luck to all in the Beach !

  • Pete

    Thanks Anonymous here are some more
    25,000 to the Chinese American Planning Council to provide social services to the Asian Immigrant community accross NYC

    25,000 to the Coalition for Hispanic Family Services to provide emergency food to Latino families living in poverty.

    What about the Irish – How about 25,000 to the AOH Balle Na Galle for all they did for GB, How about 25,000 to the Vollies who served Thanksgiving Dinner in the Street.

    GB.Net, please hop on this story, GB is getting shortchanged bigtime here.

  • Anonymous

    My personnal favorite is the LGBT charity. Too bad that we are working class legal people. Too bad we dont have more transvestites. What would really help the people here would be for NYC to bring all thee contracts current for unions and give us our retro pay.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t Eben want a handouts. Give mewhst ive earned FOR THe last 6 YEARS.

  • anonymous

    I don’t understand why anyone would be surprised, by all of the money that will be misappropriated and stolen by professional poverty pimps.It happens every time the Government knocks on your door and says “Hi we are from the government,and we are here to help you” Big government means big bureaucracy, big paper work, and big jobs for Federal Workers..Don’t you get it yet,big government is a waste of time and money..Your money your tax dollars I said in another post Do not be fooled be the rush of FEMA SBA and Nat;l Guard..And insurance companys It is all a big show for the people. Soon reality will set in and Kevin from Fla. will be proven right.

  • anonymous

    It’s a rigged game again by Insurance Companies, Politicians and Banks..Your bank will get the insurance money And dole it out to you when you prove the repairs have been done. Then The Insurance Company will claim bankruptcy.And get taxpayer money for bailouts.And the Politicians will approve it.And the whole circle will be complete..Only you will suffer from this disaster.The aforementioned participants will be just fine.

  • Bill

    Why has Rapid Response forsaken us? They were at my house over two weeks ago and said they would start the work that weekend. So far, no work has been done. Now I may have to shell out money to have the house gutted instead of using the money for other repairs. HELP!!!!

  • gbRes

    The only rapid response I got is doing it myself.

  • Still here

    I saw a dozen people in brand new rapid repairs high visibility jackets mulling around,that’s what was needed ,new jackets for photo ops,what a waste of money.this is always the way the people in charge should have to live in what’s left of my house with their new jackets,then they will have a better understanding of where the the money needs to go first.bureaucracy at work !

  • GB Flooded

    Rapid Repair did their assessment of my house on 11/26. I finally got a call on 12/12 saying they would be in ‘my area’ on 12/18-12/22 to restore heat & hot water. Was I really supposed to wait a month for them to do that? As for the 12-12-12 concert and the Robin Hood Foundation, you have to be an organization to apply for grants. Not sure what the approval process is, but I agree with the other comments..the money needs to get into our hands to pay for repairs. We need to get our houses and lives back to normal!!

  • Bill

    Here is an update on “SLOPPY REPAIRS” I had two teams in to see what was needed to be done. They should have been here two weeks ago to start repairs, but nothing as of yet has been done. Now I get a phone call saying they took me off the list because I have heat, hot water and partial electric. WTF? At least 10 houses on this block haved decided to restore these utilities before they showed up and still had the house gutted and electrical work done. I even explained to them that I understood the families that still needed heat and hot water were more important ( silly me) so I had to lodge a complaint today and now it will be taken into CONSIDERATION. So what’s the deal here? is it we do all or none? FU flunky repairs!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      If you already have heat, hot water and electric what was it that you wanted them to do? Rapid repair is racing against time to get heat supplied to people before the weather is bitter. Wehave been lucky so far that it has been mostly mild. You sound to me like you are young and strong and have the assets to help yyourself. Others are not so fortunate. Don’t get me wrong. I am frustrated too. I have been paying zone AE flood insurance for 10 years. Paid for zone B flood ins for15 years before that and we have yet to see a dime. But try and be happy that you have heat. This is a massive unprecedented occurrence and it will take time. The important thing is that we are ALL safe from cold and fire.

      • Bill

        Anonymous, When I first called rapid response, I did not have heat, hot water or electric, and when they came they said they would start the work that weekend, but never showed up I had to pay for a new boiler and hot water tank to get things started. As I said in my post, I understood about people who still did not have these would come first. I didn’t think they would just kick me off the list. I’m not a rich man nor am I not such a young man. Several years ago I became ill and had to learn how to walk all over again, so I cannot do whats needed to be done. I am happy that I have heat, hot water and electric AND ALIVE!!! I was out ther in four feet of water that night. I am willing to pay for most repairs, but can’t afford all. Asking them to do some electrical work at this point isn;t askin too much. Be well, we will get through this.

    • Beach Bob

      Bill, I feel your pain. Same story here. “I” gut my house within 5 days of storm. Everything went out right down to the concrete basement foundation floor. Sanitized everything before anyone started giving away material. I didn’t want to deal with mold. I had electrician install electrical panel as soon as power was restored to the area. I spent $400 in parts and bout 5 hours labor and got my old boiler running. I was able to get my family back into our home right before Thanksgiving. And for all my troubles I received nothing from Rapid Repair and no thanks from FEMA for getting off the governments dime.

      But with all that said I have to agree with Anon. My family is safe and we’re in our home. I’m actually have the new boiler installed as I write this email at my expense or the money I was given from FEMA. It depends on how you want to look at it. It’s going to leave me nothing to rebuild but it is what it is. We’re home, we’re safe, “I” will rebuild.Good Luck with the CONSIDERATION.

  • Still here

    The lesson here is we are on our own,we must help ourselves,there will be no magic buttons to push.as soon as the water left I was gutting,the next day I got a electrician,we must do what needs to be done,it’s our house and our problem if we don’t do it who will?if you need help I recommend you go see mike Taylor ,he will get you help.there are plenty of us who can help and will. Good luck to all.

  • anonymous

    I have many friends who live in Inwood which is located at the far end of Jamaica Bay..They like Gerritsen Beach got hit really bad with flooding house damage..They like all of us, had FEMA SBA and whatever other Government agency was supposed to help.They also had a slew of Insurance representatives show up give estimates and leave..It is like GB a tight knit community and believed they would soon be getting settlement checks..Well surprise,surprise no one was hearing back from Insurance just a total run-around, that I am sure we are all experiencing..Most have now banded together and gotten Insurance arbitrators to deal with their companies..Now I am being told that the arbitrators,who charge 3-4% of your settlement, are getting quick results..And the checks are starting to come in.These are people who know the system, and who to contact, such as the State Insurance Dept and other agency’s to put pressure on the companies to settle..You must always remember Insurance don’t make their money paying off..They make their money by NOT paying off..I too would like to think that they care about us unfortunately it seems that the opposite is true..Like Irish Kevin tried to tell us, we are in for a fight to get what is owed to us..If anyone has had a positive experience so far with their Insurance I would like to see a post from them…I would bet most have not seen the agent,the structural engineer,or any other promised help from insurance in the last 2 months.We will soon fall from the news cycle and be forgotten..

  • Anonymous

    Want to see your insurance money sooner… Squeeky wheel gets the oil. Call CALL CALL until you get Paid. The more you are in their face the quicker they will work to get you out of sight and out of mind and pay what they should. If you think the insurance companies magically hired many more people to settle claims in the wake of Sandy… then your smoking some bad stuff. Can’t agree on the contents amount with them… agree on the building amount and have them send that check first so you can get started. If you don’t stay in there face then you will be forgotten and not necessarily on purpose but because they are only human.

  • anonymous

    Just wanted to pass on some useful Tax Information to help you all prepare….Read or get these publications from I.R.S. Information is astounding….I.R.S. Publication # 547..And Publication 2194 “Disaster Loss for Individuals” Don’t miss out on what you can claim and be reimbursed for… Also check out State Tax loss information..Nobody is going to tell you unless you ask.

  • Trainman

    Click here: A Survey of the Flooding in N.Y.C. After the Hurricane – NYTimes.com

  • Anonymous

    Is this website dead now? No more web master posts?

    • Kelly

      There is something wrong,I noticed that as of late it takes a long time for it to come up as well as go from one topic to another.All other sites on my computer are very fast responding.

    • The Beacher

      The site is done ! No one seems to care about it anymore.

    • Pixie

      If this be the case,Marty Golden will have to enlist more supporters LOL

  • The Beacher

    Seems that way !

  • Anonymous

    A dead body in the weeds and no story?????

  • anon 1

    I was just at the Gerritsen beach cares center on Gerritsen Avenue. I am spraying for mold in my house that was flooded and needed gloves. I walked down there and was able to get some plastic gloves which I really appreciated.
    I was actually discusted by some people that were there when I went to pick up the gloves. There was a car where two woman who were apparently from out of the neighborhood with two men from a truck from a city agency loading cases of water and food into the trunk of the womans car when they went back for more cases of water. one of the men from GBC came out and told them that they GB cares requesting a limit of one case of water and they already had their back seat filled with cases of water.
    How sad that people think that this is a place to get free stuff they were laughing and enjoying themselves the whole time.

  • anonymous

    Where did the hurricane relief center move to?

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