The review process for the 6100′s and even Feasibility reviews are going much smoother these days with more and more awards being re-calculated. Due in no small part to ongoing training, program policy changes steadying out and a more streamlined focus of review teams.
Keep in mind however that we need to have clarifications closed, ERR’s completed and any other program related issues cleared up to get checks in the banks and hammers swinging. There are mechanisms in place to increase scope whether it’s through additional F6100 or Change Orders (note program caps regarding contractor change orders) throughout the rebuilding process (for those in repair and/or elevation).
Additional thanks to professionals who have aligned to provide the best services possible as we continue to rebuild our communities throughout NY.
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Whether you subscribe to theories of global warming, changes in weather patterns and so on, we can’t dispute what has been happening in our communities over the past decade or so. As I spend my days speaking with homeowners and visiting storm ravaged homes, the need for improved community planning and building codes for our coastal regions is indisputable. With that however comes the need for economic relief for homeowners, businesses, and communities that have been affected and lie vulnerable to future loss from naturally occurring events such as wind and flood. Part of that solution is the NY Rising community revitalization program.
For those who have suffered a loss due to Meteorologic Event Sandy, Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee this could be the solution for full indemnification of your loss and possibly the only way for some families to get back home. The program has also been developed as a means to mitigate against future loss along our vulnerable shore lines and waterways.
Some may dispute why we should spend tax dollars to help those who choose to do business or live in these seemingly vulnerable areas. The short answer to that, at least in my opinion, is these losses not only take a toll on those who are directly affected. These losses effect the economic stability of entire communities leaving us all vulnerable whether we live by the water or not.
None of this is an overnight proposition. We have years of rebuilding ahead of us. It is time to work together as community members whether professionally or as a personal outreach. There is something for everyone to do to lend a hand as we rebuild our communities, bigger, better and stronger than ever.