Sandy FEMA Review Process: Victims Rights Group Encourages Victims to Keep Fighting
The grassroots organization Stop FEMA Now is encouraging its members, who are victims of Hurricane Sandy, that are still in FEMA’s Sandy review process “not to settle” and hire an attorney. (www.StopFEMANow.com) Stop FEMA Now is a grassroots movement of concerned policyholders and victims of Superstorm Sandy that successfully fought and petitioned government officials to revise the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012 that would have drastically increased flood insurance premiums. Stop FEMA Now became a driving force in disseminating information to victims of Superstorm Sandy and evolved into a powerful organization for victims of Superstorm Sandy, and the alleged conduct of flood insurance companies and FEMA following the storm.
Stop FEMA Now’s website cites examples of homeowners receiving settlements through the FEMA review process of an additional $4,000 to 10,000 for their Sandy damage, which according to its members was woefully inadequate to rebuild their homes. But according to its website, many have become tired and are settling for far less than they feel their claim was worth. In fairness to FEMA and its efforts, the website also cites examples of others receiving policy limits, $80,000, and one example of $200,000.
After a year of representing clients in the FEMA review process that was originally suppose to be resolved in 90 days, I understand the frustration of many policyholders. But as the claims move through the review process toward a resolution or a decision by a Neutral Review, there is finally an end in sight.
About the Author: Christopher W. Gerold is an attorney in Chiesa, Shahinian & Giantomasi’s (“CSG”) Disaster Recovery Claims Group. For the past three years, Chris has been representing homeowners, condominium associations and businesses with their Sandy related insurance claims with a special focus on flood insurance. For more information on flood insurance and ways CSG can help you with your flood insurance claim, please contact Chris at (973) 530-2061.